Wausau and J.R. Butler Collaborate on Hospital Curtainwall

Photo courtesy of Wausau Window and Wall Systems and J.R. Butler.

Photo courtesy of Wausau Window and Wall Systems and J.R. Butler.

Wausau, Wis.-based Wausau Window and Wall Systems recently worked with Denver-based glazing contractor J.R. Butler Inc. to create the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) new inpatient tower’s high-performance, serpentine curtainwall with sun shades. The $300 million, 12-story tower opened in April 2013 and was completed two months ahead of schedule, according to a release from Wausau, and will add approximately 276 patient beds plus more operating and diagnostic rooms to the facility.

UCH is part of the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo., and is aiming to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold certification for the 734,000-square-foot building. As part of this, the hospital chose a unitized curtainwall with the goal of minimizing installation time, maximizing daylight and views and optimizing condensation resistance and thermal performance, according to the company.

In addition, ClearStory™ exterior sun shades containing recycled content averaging 70 percent or greater were installed, and Linetec finished the majority of the aluminum on the project in a VOC-free, clear anodize for easy maintenance and durability. Viracon supplied the high-performance, low-E, insulating glass to match Colorado’s challenging climate.

Wausau, Linetec and Viracon all are part of Apogee Enterprises’ architectural division.

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