The New Karolinska Solna University Hospital (NKS) in Stockholm has been hitting the headlines for over a decade. The original Karolinska University Hospital was founded in 1930. Since the 1930's the hospital campus has expanded to cover a vast area with an estate of over 40 separate buildings.
In 2005 Stockholm County Council, who are responsible for delivering healthcare in the city, ran a design competition inviting “visionary thinking, modern design and unconventional ideas to form the basis of the creation of the new hospital”. The competition was won by White Architects from Sweden with their 'Forum Karolinska'.
In 2008 Stockholm County Council took the decision to go ahead with the new hospital. They were the first Swedish healthcare project to adopt the Public Private Partnership (PPP) framework to finance, build and manage a hospital. In 2010 the PPP agreement was made between the County Council and the project company - Swedish Hospital Partner AB, a consortium of Skanska and their investment partner UK based Innisfree.
Skanska employed White Architects and Tengbom Architects to execute the design and coordinate the construction of the £1.5 billion facility.
A significant aim of the project was to create a purpose built environment with a strong focus on energy efficiency and sustainability. Phase One of the building has attained LEED Gold and the Swedish system "Miljöbyggnad" Gold certification
The ethos is to put the patient first and the list of facilities is impressive. It has 730 in-patient beds, 100 rooms for day care, 36 operating theatres, 168 out-patient clinic rooms and 8 radiation treatment rooms.
Howe Green Ltd supplied a number of HSE75 Hinged Aluminium Floor Access Covers for the hospital through their Swedish distributor, Elkington AB. From their base in Stockholm, Elkington have been distributing Howe Green access covers for projects across Sweden since 1999.
The gas assisted hinged HSE75 hatches provide easy and safe access to the underground power stations and escape routes located underneath the hospital. They have been installed in the various areas of the hospital and infilled with both concrete and tiled flooring to provide a seamless, flush floor finish.
The hinged access hatches are ideal for environments where regular access to concealed services is required for maintenance purposes and in public places where health and safety is crucial.
The HSE75 can be infilled with ceramic tiles, marble, terrazzo, concrete, resin, wood or parquet floors and is suitable for pedestrian and vehicle traffic up to a 5 tonne pneumatic tyre wheel load. Supplied as a single cover or a configuration of duct covers in standard sizes from stock or precision made to order.
Options include a top and underside release latch, for added security and safety, a double seal and fire rating up to 3 hours BS 476: Part 20: 1987.
The Howe Green range of access covers are tried and tested in a healthcare setting. They have been specified in hospitals around the world including Southmead Hospital in Bristol, Queen’s Hospital in Romford, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Lennox Addington Hospital in Ontario, Canada.
Company: Howe Green US
Product: Hinged Access Cover
Howe Green Ltd supplied specially manufactured floor access covers for Sweden's premier art and design museum. The Nationalmuseum of Art in Stockholm is currently closed whilst undergoing an extensive restoration programme.
Despite being adapted and repurposed over the years the museum, which opened in 1866, had fallen behind with meeting operational and regulatory standards. The aim of the renovation is to create a more modern environment that will enhance the overall visitor experience whilst retaining the museum's architectural heritage.
The renovations began in 2015 and the new museum is expected to open in 2018. In the meantime the exhibits have been temporarily relocated to local museums throughout Sweden.
The transformation will include the installation of a state-of-the-art climate control system to regulate the internal environment; the reinstating of bricked up windows to flood the space with natural light; new security technology and the expansion of the public spaces to house exhibits and visitor amenities.
The National Property Board of Sweden, a Swedish state agency who are responsible for the preservation of state-owned cultural heritage sites, are the developers. They are working with Swedish architects Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB and Wikerstål Arkitekter AB.
Howe Green's Swedish distributor, Elkington AB, was contracted to supply floor access covers for the project. Elkington have worked with Howe Green since 1999. As well as extensive knowledge of the range of standard access covers that can be supplied the team has a full understanding of the bespoke access solutions that Howe Green can design and manufacture.
Otto von Platen, Managing Director for Elkington comments,
"We are always happy to recommend Howe Green access covers, especially in situations where the client requires a finish that is visually appealing and of superior quality. Buildings with a high level of pedestrian traffic, such as museums, hospitals and airports, require an access solution that can deliver on aesthetics, security and quality. After 18 years of working together we are confident that Howe Green covers fulfil those requirements."
Howe Green's 7500 Series Medium Duty Floor Aluminium Access Covers were fitted as duct runs in the museum. The majority of the covers were infilled with limestone floor tiles to provide a virtually invisible finish. The remaining units have a visible concrete finish. All the covers were supplied double sealed to ensure the highest performance and quality.
Health and safety is paramount within any public area. The seamless fit of the floor access covers will help to reduce the risks of slip and trip hazards.
In addition to the way they blend into the flooring the covers are highly functional, providing easy and safe access to the cabling and services concealed underneath the ducts. Once the renovation work is complete and the museum is open the covers will ensure that services can be accessed with the minimum of disruption to the daily operation of the museum.
Suitable for internal and external use the 7500 Series Medium Duty Floor Access Cover has been used in many museums including the V&A and the British Museum in London and the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea.
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Company: Howe Green US
Product: Medium Duty Floor Access Covers
Tags: Access Covers
Historic House Restored To Former Glory
This stately fieldstone mansion, built in the mid-1800’s, was a vacation home to famous Presidents and Authors. Artisans at Advanced Arch Grilles, working alongside our architect and contractor partners, assisted in the renovation that helped restore its rooms and pay homage to its historical and cultural significance.
Custom fabricated bronze perforated grilles blended nicely with the rich mahogany woodwork that has stood for over 100 years.
Nystrom introduces a 1 inch Pan Architectural Floor Door as part of the non-drainable Floor Door product line. The new floor door cover is designed to accept a variety of infill, including terrazzo, tile, concrete or wood panels. The narrow-reveal design allows for seamless integration into the surrounding floor.
- The aluminum access door is fully gasketed to prevent both water and odor penetration.
- The concealed hinge design allows for a 1/8 inch reveal.
- Designed for pedestrian traffic with a 300psf load.
- Gas spring with integral hold open with quick release
- Can be installed as cast-in or bolt-in for new construction or renovation.
- Available with a single door configuration with sizes up to 36 inches by 36 inches.
For more information or to request a quote, please visit www.Nystrom.com or call 1.800.547.2635.
Product: Floor Doors
Nystrom Inc announces the release of the Concealed Access Doors, a high-end architectural panel. The addition of the glass fiber reinforced (GFR) access panels adds another option for architectural applications, such as hotel lobbies, casinos, multi-tenant housing and government buildings.
The Concealed Access Doors are available in either a drop-in or hinged design with a square or radius corner or a circle for drop-in applications. The hinged design can be installed in ceiling and wall applications and is available with a cam latch or keyed lock.
- Blends seamless into surrounding drywall
- Eco Friendly
- Reduced labor costs
- Optional concealed hinge and lock options
- Tapered edge for joint tape
- Paint and texture ready
- No shrinking, cracking, sagging or rusting
- Mold and moisture resistant
For specialty applications, more information or to request a quote, please visit https://www.nystrom.com/products/access-doors.
Product: Access Doors
A Howe Green 7500 Series Medium Duty Aluminum Floor Access Cover was recently installed at the Lennox Addington County General Hospital in Napanee, Ontario.
The hospital, which first opened in 1966, provides General Medicine and General Surgery, a 24 hour emergency service and an increasing number of outpatient clinics to the population of Lennox and Addington and the surrounding towns.
Over 270 people are employed at the busy hospital and they provide high quality health care for around 24,000 patients a year. The safety and comfort of patients is paramount.
Howe Green is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of fabricated metal floor, wall and ceiling access covers, panels and hatches. Established in 1983 the company has a long pedigree when it comes to supplying access solutions for the healthcare sector.
Notable healthcare projects include the supply of over 100 Visedge Series Flexible Floor Access Covers for the state of the art Southmead Hospital in Bristol and 200 Visedge floor covers for the Queen’s Hospital in Romford.
The access challenge:
Ensuring the smooth operation of mechanical and electrical services 24/7 is a challenge in any environment. Within a hospital the demands on providing an ambient temperature for patients, reducing the risk of infections and ensuring that systems are energy efficient adds greater complexity to daily maintenance schedules.
The Building Trades Coordinator Lennox and Addington County General Hospital required easy access to a shaft that concealed mechanical and electrical services running through the underfloor void of the building. With heavy footfall of patients, visitors and staff it was imperative that the access solution was secure but could be easily and quickly removed when required.
After direct discussions with Howe Green’s Canadian distributor - FF Systems in Ontario - it was agreed that the 7500 Series was the perfect solution for the challenge in hand.
Why the 7500 Series Medium Duty Access Cover was ideal for this project:
- Suitable for heavily trafficked pedestrian areas, cars and light delivery vehicles as it will accept up to a 5 ton pneumatic wheel load
- Can be used with all types of hard flooring including terrazzo, ceramic tiles, marble, resin, concrete, wood and parquet floors. In this case the access cover was filled with concrete ready for a wood floor to be laid over the top.
- Available in a range of standard size access covers from stock. Where a non-standard size is required this can be manufactured to order to meet the exact specification
- The cover provides easy access to the mechanical and electrical services located underneath the floor. It can be safely removed, with the minimum of disruption, using a set of lifting keys
- Option for a double seal to provide a tamper proof solution with enhanced levels of security
- The cover fits flush into the surrounding wooden floor removing the risk of slips and trips.
Over to the customer for the last word…
"I chose to work with FF Systems because they were able to supply a product that met our specific requirements. The Access Panels are of superior quality and easy to install. I look forward to working with FF Systems in the future." - Bill Harrison, Building Trades Coordinator, Lennox and Addington County General Hospital, Napanee, Ontario
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Visit the Howe Green US website or call Howe Green’s distributor - FF Systems Inc in the US on 239 689 5334 or for Canada 519 896 0888.
Company: Howe Green US
Product: Medium Duty Floor Access Covers
Contemporary architecture strives to be seamless, high performance and flexible. As a result this requires intelligent and creative solutions to servicing these spaces. Integrated strategies for the provision of power, communication, data and HVAC are essential. Howe Green products enable this integration to happen.
Served vs Servant - a concept first coined by AIA and RIBA gold medalist Louis Khan, a great 20th century architect.
Our raison d'être
Here at Howe Green we take inspiration from Khan and have a range of products which enable the architectural greats of today to realize their vision. Contemporary architecture strives to be seamless, high performance and flexible. As a result this requires intelligent and creative solutions to servicing these spaces. Integrated strategies for the provision of power, communication, data and HVAC are essential. Howe Green products enable this integration to happen. The introduction of innovative solutions to building services such as voids, suspended ceilings, raised floors, false walls, service chases and service cores are a direct result of the commercial incentive of maximizing the usable space within a building. However these strategies require access, which is where Howe Green's products are used.
Types of access cover
The access covers generally fall under three types, those mounted on walls, those fitted in a ceiling system and floor based products. These systems can be used internally and externally. Howe Green products are used across the globe in challenging environments, the products have been put to use in commercial offices, transport hubs, public spaces, retail and residential architecture. It is a versatile family of products that address the requirement for high quality, accessible service space.
What can we do for you?
"Design for the present with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown" Norman Foster. Howe Green's systems aim to add value to the architecture in which it is installed; they allow for flexibility in future demands by allowing ease of access for service updates and ease of maintenance for existing service infrastructure.
Ease of use
Howe Green Access Covers are supplied with clear and legible installation guides ideal for contractors unfamiliar with our products. The "Buildability Factor" is considered at every stage. Crucial in installation, where the access covers have a low level of complexity, are generally built to standardized construction dimensions and reduce the level of risk for the contractors fitting the product - a responsibility that must be upheld by the principle designer, client and suppliers under HSE and CDM 2015 regulations.
Howe Green is a responsive company that understands the design, construction and operational process and just how fast changes occur. As an established company we have the resources invested in cutting edge C.N.C. equipment to respond to these changes rapidly; Howe Green stock products are dispatched the same day, whilst bespoke items have a 7-10 day lead time.
The fabrication and manufacture of our products is heavily influenced by sustainability; the process minimizes waste material and guarantees a precise tolerance finish for a high performance product. This ensures a quality product is delivered to the correct level of specification every time.
Howe Green's products are integrated into the BIM workflow for architects, specifiers, clients, contractors and even facilities management. This allows for the products to be introduced at concept design stage through to retrospective fittings in operation and management, which has happened recently for one of our client's – the Eagle Church Campus situated in Indiana, USA.
This high level of integration allows for costing, schedules, performance analysis all to be undertaken and documented through the whole lifespan of the design, procurement, facilities management and operation and maintenance of Howe Green's products.
Company: Howe Green US
Our customer’s objective was to have a stainless steel, linear bar grille manufactured to match the finish and style of a newly installed mirror polished stainless steel radiation enclosure within a renovated hospital lobby. Due to security and safety concerns, the grilles had to not only be structurally strong, but also firmly secured to the unit to prevent unintended removal.
Artistry in Architectural Grilles’ engineering and manufacturing team designed a custom “C” style frame allowing for secure fastening as well as professional removal to access the unit’s controls. This was accomplished with mechanically fastened frames in concert with mechanically fastened removable cores. All of which were given a #8 mirror polish finish to perfectly match the existing convector enclosure.
At a Glance
Type: Linear Bar Grille
Frame: Custom C Frame
Detail: Removable Cores
Material: Stainless Steel
Finish: Mirror Polish
Recently, Architectural Louver's model E2JS louver was used during the renovation of the Reptile House at the Cincinnati Zoo. E2JS is a 2" deep thin line louver with a standard blade. This louver style is ideal for a clean architectural appearance at a low cost. If you are intending the louvers to be used for general ventilation or air exhaust, this is the right choice. Deeper framed models are also available (E4JS). Louvers with a higher performance rating - more free area and lower pressure drop - are also available (E4JP, E6JP).
- Made to order in sizes 8" wide x 8" high up to unlimited size
- Made from heavy gauge 0.063" thickness aluminum extrusion
- 2" frame depth, channel frame
- 2" blade spacing
- Standard blade
- Internal Screen (Bird Screen)
- 48.7% free area for a 48" wide x 48" high louver
- 725 fpm first point of water penetration
- 30 psf wind load rating
- A variety of metal finishes including paint and anodizing
- Insect Screen (replaces bird screen)
- Mounting: flange frame, glazing channel frame, "J" channel frame
- Special shapes for architectural appeal
- Higher wind load ratings
Company: Architectural Louvers
ARCHITECTURAL GRILLE was excited to exhibit our Linear Bar Grilles as well as Custom Metalwork at the inaugural Hamptons Contemporary: The Home Design + Decor Show earlier this summer. The first ever luxury design show staged at the Elks Fairground in Southampton, NY brought together designers, exhibitors and local homeowners interested in products reflecting high end design and architecture.
Collaborating with designer, Kenneth Nilson, we were able to exhibit custom designed pieces such as the below (left to right): Entrance Doors showcasing Custom Design Panels/Screens in Brass and Stainless Steel with a variety of finishes and Honeycomb/Hex Door Pulls Hardware in Solid Brass; Honeycomb/Hex Shelving in Stainless Steel with Brass powdercoat finish; Bugeye Bauble Light Fixture in Brass suspended on Custom Design Truss in Stainless Steel with Brass powdercoat finish by Kenneth Nilson; Linear Bar Grille inset into Walnut Woodwork.
If you're interested in purchasing any of the featured Custom Design Pieces, please contact Stephen Giumenta directly at email@example.com for further information. If you would like to order custom lighting, please contact Kenneth Nilson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Company: Architectural Grille
Work has been well underway since 2007 on the $4.45 billion project which is set to transform New York City Subways into the 21st Century. The Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA) reported 1.75 billion trips were made using the overcrowded, outdated subway system in 2014. This number was set to rise year on year making updates to the system vital.
Much like the subway systems in New York, the London Underground has been an integral part of London’s transportation system for 150 years. With a reported 1.3 billion passengers of the Tube each year, regular updates and refurbishment works to the circuit of stations are crucial.
Manufacturer Howe Green, best known for high-quality access covers for floor, walls and ceilings, also creates bespoke metal work solutions for a variety of applications. The company recently supplied custom-fabricated staircase risers for refurbishment works at London Underground’s Greenford Station, home of the original step-free access project which was re-established with the opening of an innovative inclined elevator in October 2015.
Howe Green supplied over 100 bespoke risers for specialist contractor D&D Rail to install. The competitively priced solution was made to their specification from 316-grade stainless steel and delivered within days.
Howe Green are continually investing in design software and machinery, which enables the accurate and cost-effective manufacture of special purpose access covers, corner guards and trims in unique sizes and shapes.
“Our experience and manufacturing capabilities make it possible for us to not have to charge a premium for bespoke work,” commented Richard Centa, Sales and Marketing Director at Howe Green. “From simple metal risers like those at Greenford to complex tree grilles at One Hyde Park, we provide solutions that fit perfectly, helping to save time and money at the installation stage and creating the best result for aesthetics and performance.”
Company: Howe Green US
Tags: Access Covers