The Streimer Architectural Division successfully
installed a 125,000-sq.-ft. curtain-wall system on the exterior
of Doernbecher Children's Hospital, a multistory structure
that featured multi-challenges: a curved surface, 30-ft. cantilevered
overhangs, and a first floor that sits 90 feet above grade.
The curtain-wall system is made of
Alucobond, a material-composite metal panel. Once the Alucobond
was trucked in, crews used cranes to hoist the panels to the
roof of the hospital. The project was then staged off the
roof, and the installation of the exterior building panels
was begun from the top down.
Prior to beginning the project, Streimer
built a mockup of seven panels and a window and placed the
installation into a test chamber for wind-load, water-penetration,
and additional specifications tests.
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"We used a lot of
window-washing equipment to complete the job. We set up a
trolley, so we had a platform that moved horizontally underneath
the 30-ft. overhang. We also utilized some booms from below,
as well as 120-ft. aerial equipment, which enabled us to install
Streimer Project Leader