The owners of CHW Woodland Healthcare wanted to build a state-of-the-art medical facility, but they soon realized that the traditional steel-frame design they had in mind would be prohibitively expensive. Although neither the owner nor the architect was familiar with Tilt-Up construction, Panattoni Construction’s extensive experience with this construction method convinced them that they could achieve the same aesthetic features with Tilt-Up at a savings of $10 to $15 per square foot. A tilt-up shear-wall design reduced the amount of structural elements needed and therefore aided in slashing the project budget.
To help the structure transcend the boxy Tilt-Up stereotype, Panattoni suggested incorporation of plenty of stone to accent the original design of the natural timber. The use of the textured elastomeric exterior coating on the tilt-up panels helps them blend with the natural stone and wood elements. Punched window openings and embedded sun canopies help filter in natural light in addition to the two-story, 300-foot long gallery reception area, which is flooded with light thanks to continuous clerestory windows. Multiple panel heights and a recessed front entry add architectural interest.
The design also includes spaces for public art displays, making the building a touchstone for the community and achieving Woodland Healthcare’s goal of creating a “healing environment” for their patients and the community.
Woodland, CA 95695
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