University of Minnesota’s Fairview Riverside Undergoes Window Renovation for Privacy, Security and Aesthetics - Architects' Guide to Glass & Metal

University of Minnesota’s Fairview Riverside Undergoes Window Renovation for Privacy, Security and Aesthetics

August 18th, 2010 | Category: Industry News

Fairview Behavioral Services, located at the Riverside campus of the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC), was renovated recently to feature Wausau Windows and Wall Systems’ psychiatric windows, which help maintain patient safety, promote wellness and maintain a similar visual profile, while updating the building’s energy efficiency. UMMC Fairview Behavioral Services’ facility renovation was designed by BWBR Architects of St. Paul, Minn.

According to Paul Ziebol, project manager with Fairview Health Services, “privacy, security, aesthetics” were the three key considerations in selecting the window.

“BWBR helped the owner adapt its existing Behavioral Care space from a dated and inefficient unit to contemporary model for behavioral care,” explains Rick Dahl, AIA, principal at BWBR. “Staff observation sight lines were improved, group meeting spaces were enhanced, and the general layout and finishes de-stigmatized the space for the patient and staff’s benefit.

“The details make the difference,” Dahl continues. As an example, he notes “how the integrated security glazing is much more patient-friendly than the previous–scratched and hazy–polycarbonate security panels, which had been visibly screwed onto the former window frames. Additionally, the new windows allow patients and staff to enjoy the spectacular Mississippi River and University of Minnesota views, while removing the worry of damage to the windows or injury to the patient due to abusive behaviors.”

The windows selected for UMMC Fairview Behavioral Services are operable and have 5/8-inch, between-glass, alabaster-colored blinds, which help minimize maintenance, as well as reduce the potential dangers of exposed cords and slats, while helping managing privacy and light. For safety, concealed hinges and tamper-resistant locks secure the opening during normal operating conditions. In the event of an emergency, the operable windows allow rescue personnel to enter the building or to open a series of units for rapid fresh air circulation.

Wausau configured the units with three lites per bay to resemble the previous look of the medical facility. The 8-x4-foot units were factory-fabricated and factory-glazed to control quality, ensuring the intended performance and streamlining installation, according to Craig Hall of W.L. Hall Company, the project’s glazing contractor. In total, W.L. Hall will install 157 total units of Wausau’s 3250-DT series. Each is security-glazed with laminated glass and a low-E coating for energy efficiency and impact resistance.

The windows’ aluminum framing was finished by Linetec in dark bronze anodize with matching metal trim and panning to complete the clean look of the renovated building.

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