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  Dessen MRI Center, Page 66Dessen MRI Center
Construction Manager
Sordoni Construction Services, Inc. - 45 Owen Street, Forty Fort, PA 18704

Hazleton, Pennsylvania
Total Square Feet: 14,000
Construction Period: July 1998 to Mar 1999

Construction Team
Architect: Collins Gordon Bostwick - 2729 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
Structural Engineer: Peller & Associates, Inc. - 821 Westpoint Parkway, #910, Cleveland, OH 44145
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Bacik Karpinski Associates, Inc. - 3135 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
Landscape Architect: Cawrse & Associates, Inc. - 547 East Washington Street, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
Cost Estimator: Sordoni Construction Services, Inc. - 45 Owen Street, Forty Fort, PA 18704

Since many patients were seeking magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) services and a growing number of local doctors desired to have high resolution MRI resources, the Hazleton Health Alliance set out to assemble a team of professionals to construct a state-of-the-art MRI center. The Dessen MRI Center now provides these services.

The team of professionals assembled for the project were Collins Gordon Bostwick, who rendered the architectural and engineering services and Sordoni Construction Services, Inc., who provided the Construction Manager services. With the guidance of this team, the project was fast tracked through three bid phases: (1) Land development and sitework; (2) Foundation and structural steel; (3) Building fit-out.

This building is nestled between a quiet residential neighborhood and a highway that serves commercial and retail businesses. This facility is also located within the Hazleton airport flight zone, which required special attention to the RF protection and structural steel erection procedures.

Approximately half of the six acre site was stripped of scrub brush and re-contoured to create a plateau overlooking the highway through a slender undulating hedge of fully grown deciduous trees. Along the access road leading to the building, a natural rock outcrop was uncovered and used as a landscape feature. The fully landscaped main parking areas are slightly curved with contours to blend this area into the surrounding terrain. The adjoining residential neighborhood is shielded by a dense buffer of trees. 

A formal ambiance is created by the use of rich, dark, reddish brick and a white precast concrete accent panel facade, that is interrupted at the entrance by an asymmetrical, semi-circular, vertical white aluminum curtainwall and an attached suspended, opaque, curved glass canopy roof. The hierarchy of the aluminum curtainwall entrance blends into the horizontal bands of brick that are pierced by white aluminum window openings.

A spacious cylindrical geometric lobby that is sliced into by the rigid grid iron circulation pattern situated in the foreground of the connecting elements is located at the entrance of the facility. To blend these two overlapping geometric shapes, a creamy yellowish quarry tile floor is turned forty-five degrees and is inlaid with a half circle reddish earth tone quarry tile border that follows a matching half circle white gypsum light and HVAC valance. 

The facility was developed to accommodate two gyroscan MRI devices, a trauma center with examination rooms, a collection department and doctor offices, and a full x-ray laboratory for out-patient use. The public lobby is used to control access to the private examination areas. The layout also provides separation of the MRI center and x-ray areas adjacent to the lobby. A nurse station is centrally located between the x-ray department and trauma center. To optimize functional relationships and staffing, a common centralized control center was constructed for the MRI screening areas. The trauma unit utilizes the rear entry canopy for unimpeded access.

The cryogenically cooled 10,000 lb. MRI devices are set into a radio frequency shielded room and grounded. Once the shielding and other metal containing material was set within the gauss field, the magnet#s isocenter was completed.

The building's mechanical systems feature radiant ceiling heating panels, three individual air conditioning systems with VAV terminals, and vestibule air curtains. A sophisticated lightening protection system, a tone/visual nurse call system, and addressable fire alarm system, voice/data communications, and a snow melting system are integrated into this facility.

DIV 04: Masonry: Boral Brick.
DIV 07: EPDM: Carisle Syn-Tec.
DIV 08: Curtainwall, Glazing: Kawneer Sloped Glazed System, 1600 Curtain Wall System.
DIV 09: VCT: Armstrong Standard Excelon; Sheet Goods: Armstrong Medintech; Base: Johnsonite; Gypsum: National Gypsum. 

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