Great Glazing: Rogers Memorial Hospital Brown Deer
February 8, 2016
The basics: Rogers Memorial Hospital–Brown Deer, Wisconsin, celebrated its completed renovation in April 2015. Brown Deer is the first Rogers facility to incorporate biophilia into its design. Biophilia design recognizes the way humans have an emotional connection to nature and to natural forms, aiding a patient’s healing process. The new design uses seventy high-impact windows that provide a safe interior as well as natural light and views. The 50,000-square-foot, 56-bed facility now offers inpatient care for children and adults diagnosed with anxiety, depression, addiction and other behavioral care needs.
The players: Architect, TWP Architecture; general contractor, VJS Construction Services; contract glazier, Simmons Building Products; glass manufacturer, PPG Industries, Trulite; glazing systems, window manufacturer: Wausau Window and Wall Systems; glazing systems, finishing, Linetec; metal systems supplier, Manko Window Systems.
The glass and systems: As part of the total renovation, Wausau Window and Wall Systems updated the facility’s old windows with its SEAL behavioral care windows, which provide a safe interior as well as the natural light and views that connect patients with their surroundings. Working on a limited budget, the architect also opened the entry with natural light, using storefront Series 2450 from Manko and Trulite's 1-inch laminated insulating glass unit, made up of ¼-inch clear tempered PPG Solarban 60, a 7/16-inch clear anodized silicone spacer, and a 5/16-inch unit comprised of 1/8-inch clear annealed glass, 0.60 mm clear PVB and 1/8-inch clear tempered glass.
Glazing contractor Simmons Building Products installed 70 of Wausau’s SEAL 2187-DT interior accessory windows with Solarban glass by PPG. SEAL is an acronym for sound, energy, air and light. According to Wausau, the windows are drop-tested for high impact, supporting safety without requiring screens or bars. They also use an overlap sash design, rather than a flush sash, to make them more resistant to patient tampering and prying. Integral between-glass blinds minimize maintenance, reduce solar heat gain, and offer privacy, without the potential dangers of exposed cords and slats, according to Wausau. Linetec finished the windows’ frames with a Dark Bronze anodize finish.
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