Bon Secours St Francis, Downtown Campus, Tower Reclad
Bon Secours St Francis, Downtown Campus, Tower Reclad
Bon Secours St Francis, Downtown Campus, Tower Reclad
Bon Secours St Francis, Downtown Campus, Tower Reclad - Before / After
Bon Secours St Francis, Downtown Campus, Tower Reclad
Bon Secours St Francis, Downtown Campus, Tower Reclad
Bon Secours St Francis, Downtown Campus, Tower Reclad
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Bon Secours Mercy Health, St. Francis Downtown Hospital, Tower Reclad

Originally built between 1968 and 1971, St. Francis Downtown Hospital was one of the first hospitals in the Southeast with all-private rooms. Since then, the hospital expanded, and the tower’s brick cladding became outdated and costly due to moisture issues, maintenance, and energy efficiency concerns.

Expansion Challenges

A feasibility study was conducted to update the tower’s exterior. Working with Vannoy Construction, we considered three options:

  • Remove all brick and reclad all 12 stories.
  • Clad over the existing brick with curtainwall.
  • Reclad the vertical window bays and repoint the existing brick at the outboard toilet bays.

We decided to proceed with the first option, recladding all 12 stories.

Interior Renovations and Efficient Façade Replacement

In addition, we made interior renovations to all patient rooms and bathrooms. Other interior improvements include flooring, ceilings, paint, wall protection, doors, tile, lighting, cabinets, and partial shower replacements.

Our designers collaborated closely with the owner and general contractor to identify phasing and logistics. Safety was the primary concern, with schedule being a close second. To keep the St. Francis Downtown Hospital operational, we needed a rapid reclad solution. We chose a prefabricated panelized system, allowing us to remove and replace 120,000 square feet of façade in two years, completing the process in ten phases to minimize disruptions.

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