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Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Conn.

HDR Inc. and Perkins+Will designed an expansion project with two buildings connected by a curved bridge at Hartford Hospital. The architecture firms created a consistent design with rainscreens for the buildings and bridge, which include the Hartford Hospital Bone and Joint Institute and Ambulatory Services Building. The metal panels have a flat-plate look and appear to be suspended, or float, on the façades.

Robert Goodwin, principal and design director at Perkins+Will, says, “The buildings’ curvilinear design required precision in the exterior panels. Metalwërks solid aluminum plate adapts well to curves and remains smooth over the entire exterior surface, achieving the ideal expression of our design.”   

Lymo Construction Co. Inc. installed 50,000 square feet of Metalwërks’ curved, flat, wedge-shaped Ameriplate metal wall panels in a two-coat, Bone White PVDF coating for the institute. Additionally, it installed 15,000 square feet of Ameriplate metal wall panels for the adjacent ambulatory facility.

Don Chambers, vice president and senior project manager at Lymo Construction, says, “Every single panel on the façade fit perfectly, even with a complex, curved design.”

Metalwërks worked with the architecture firms early in the schematic design and design development phases of the project to create building envelope details and custom façade details. The project was completed in 2016.

“At the beginning of the project, we had a working session with Metalwërks, which helped us understand design challenges, edge details, framing, and other components of the project,” Goodwin says. “That session helped to establish a smooth, precise fabrication and installation process.”

Paul Scharr, president and COO at Metalwërks, says, “This group of professionals understood the need for precision in the layout of this curving and undulating façade. We communicated well and elevated each other’s performances in the pursuit of our common goals.”