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January 26, 2012
MCA Choice Award for U of M Amplatz Children’s Hospital
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (January 26, 2012) – The University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital (Minneapolis) has received the 2012 Choice Award from the Minnesota Construction Association (MCA). Constructed by Kraus-Anderson Construction Company and completed in early 2011, the Amplatz Children’s Hospital is Minnesota’s first green children’s hospital facility. The project was designed by Tsoi/Kobus & Associates, and Hammel Green and Abrahamson, Inc.
The annual MCA Choice Award recognizes a project that was completed as a result of resourceful blending of construction techniques and professionals, as well as one that is unique, creative and visionary in design as well as completed in a safe manner.
The project includes a seven-story, 230,000-square-foot patient tower with 96 beds and a 30,000-square-foot building link with new operating rooms, emergency department and doctor’s lounge. In addition, 50,000 square feet of the existing East Building was remodeled, including the Pediatric PACU and Prep/Recovery, Radiology, Cardiovascular Services and Adult PACU.
Amplatz conforms to the standards of the Green Guide for Healthcare, which is a sustainable design tool kit integrating enhanced environmental and health principles and practices into the planning design, construction, operations and maintenance of healthcare facilities.
The green hospital incorporated an environmentally sensitive design, eco-friendly materials and green spaces, such as a vegetated roof and a heat-reflective, energy efficient thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roofing system with a high Solar Reflective Index (SRI).
The building’s bright exterior features anodized polychromatic stainless steel panels which change color depending on the lighting conditions and the viewing angle. “Each floor becomes a unique habitat with an animal ‘storyteller’ from that habitat assigned to each clinical area. The theme is expressed in ceiling and floor patters, light fixtures, finishes and integrated graphic elements,” according to World Architecture News.
An innovative drywall recycling program was used during the construction of the project. Gypsum from the scrap drywall was recycled and used for fertilizing farm fields. Studies have shown that gypsum can increase crop yield. Over 100 tons of gypsum was recycled over the course of construction.
Established in 1897, Kraus-Anderson® Construction (www.www.krausanderson.com) is one of the nation’s premier commercial general contractors and construction managers. Leading the charge in sustainable design and construction for the last 20 years, the company has managed dozens of national LEED projects and has been ranked consistently among the top Green Contractors in the U.S. by Engineering News Record. KA is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Kraus-Anderson is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. and has regional offices in Phoenix, Ariz., Madison, Wis., and Bemidji and Duluth, Minn.