Architect HDR, Inc.
Contractor Hausmann Construction
Th!nk Whole Person Healthcare is a vertically integrated health facility covering almost every common/major health discipline for patients over the age of 55 years. The facility has the feel of an Apple store as you walk in with greeters, personal iPads that are checked out to each patient to facilitate their visit, a full-service nutrition shop, pharmacy, and barista. It is truly a one-of-a-kind health facility with a one-of-a-kind exterior enclosure.
The building envelope features a custom silkscreen glass design that depicts brain neurons at the microscopic level. The silkscreen was developed in conjunction with the architect, AWS, and the glass supplier. Starting out with over 70 patterns, the team collectively and cleverly narrowed the design down to a repeating pattern that nests together, which in the end required only 4 total screens. The curtainwall system technology is cutting edge “future technology” and provides the owner with the highest-performing thermal envelope available in the market.
The ground-level structural glass system was an AWS in-house design special. AWS had the task of matching a similar system that was installed at the Omaha Performing Arts Center, which was achieved by taking pictures and measuring existing components. The system utilized 1/2” low iron tempered 13’0" full-height glass with custom designed patch fittings that drop from the ceiling structure above to grab the glass through the vertical glass butt joint at 9’0” above the finished floor. The ground-level glazing system’s open design connects the incoming patient to the interior waiting space prior to them leaving their parking stall.
The final showcase is hard not to notice. The “Brand Wall” is a European Rainscreen Double Wall. The term double wall is used because there are two façade materials that screen or protect the structural studs and air barrier from extreme weather. The first screen element is a white, perforated aluminum plate panel followed by a translucent 9/16” laminated glass screen that is held off of the aluminum panel system by 1-1/4” stainless steel rod outriggers with 4-point spider fittings. The building signage including name, logo, and location of the facility are digitally printed onto the glass utilizing DipTech printing technology. The glass is back lit by 12,500 LED lights illuminating the glass façade which can be seen at night from Interstate 80 or from an incoming flight into Eppley Airfield.