WakeMed North Healthplex in Raleigh, North Carolina was transformed into a full-service hospital with a 131,000-square-foot expansion and an 8,550-square-foot central energy plant being added to an existing 109,250-square-foot complex. A five-story, 61-bed acute care expansion will focus on inpatient women’s specialty services, offering a full range of obstetric and gynecological services including comprehensive preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic care.
The joining of the old with the new represented two completely different worlds colliding. BBH Design, a sustainable architectural design firm specializing in healthcare and education, faced the challenge of ensuring continuity throughout the building enclosure during the construction process and for decades to come. Not only was the challenge to transform this medical complex built in 2001 into a high-performance, full-service medical institution, but to pursue LEED Gold under the LEED for Healthcare (LEED-HC) program.
Air barriers are only effective when designed as a holistic, continuous system.
On WakeMed North Hospital, Tremco’s products created a cohesive and compatible solution. ExoAir 220 Fluid-Applied Vapor-Permeable Air Barrier Membrane, ExoAir 110 Self-Adhered Air and Vapor Membrane and Spectrem 1 and Spectrem 2 Silicone Sealants comprised the above-grade system. Spectrem 1 and Spectrem 2 Silicone Sealants were utilized at the fenestrations, louvers and metal panels. Spectrem 1 Silicone Sealant made it easy for installers to provide a secure seal for dynamically moving joints at aluminum curtain walls and window perimeters, metal panels, and the polyethylene-faced self-adhering air barrier membrane.