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Shore Memorial Surgical Pavilion, Somers Point, N.J.

shore_memorial_medical_centerLocated near the seaside, the Shore Medical Center Surgical Pavilion was designed to meet LEED specifications. Upon opening in September 2011, the Shore Memorial Hospital facility was re-branded as Shore Memorial Medical Center. The 138,000-square-foot facility contains more than 25,000 square feet of Wasau Window and Wall Systems' SuperWall. The system's aluminum framing contains high recycled content, in varying unit depths of 6.25 inches, 8.25 inches and 10.25 inches, and painted in a durable, three-coat, 70 percent PVDF.

Steve Pluger, Wasau's factory supervisor, notes, "The strip windows and curtainwall systems' aluminum framing was finished by Linetec in Slate Gray and punched windows were painted Bone White. Deep covers were provided for the punched windows and strip windows."

The $125 million surgical center also emphasizes daylight, as Lisa May, LEED Green Associate and Wasau's health care market manager, explains: "In addition to saving energy and costs by reducing electric lighting, natural light benefits patients and staff. The USGBC reports that patients in settings with natural light and views of nature recover faster, use less pain medication and have shorter stays. Studies also have shown that a naturallyilluminated workplace contributes to improved staff health and morale."

The facility's close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean required a curtainwall system that could withstand hurricanes. Wausau's SuperWall system's impact rating testing includes large missile tests for windborne-debris-impact resistance performance and adheres to ASTM E 1886 and ASTM E 1996 for missile level D, Exposure C, wind zone 2.

"The finish used for Shore Memorial is tested to meet AAMA 2605, a high-performance specification for architectural and heavy commercial applications that includes 4,000 hours salt spray and heat-and-humidity resistance," notes Tammy Schroeder, LEED Green Associate, senior marketing specialist with Linetec. "The liquid coating is applied in Linetec's factory using specialized equipment to safely capture 100 percent of the VOCs released in the painting process, and to destroy these captured VOCs with 98 percent efficiency and environmental sensitivity."

Currently the sustainable facility is seeking LEED certification.

Owner: Shore Memorial Medical Center, Somers Point

General contractor: Massett Building Co., Somers Point

Architect: Ballinger Architects, Philadelphia

Glazing contractor: Guthrie Glass & Mirror, Egg Harbor Township, N.J.

Curtainwall: Wausau Window and Wall Systems, Wausau, Wis., www.wausauwindow.com

Finisher: Linetec; Wausau, www.linetec.com,