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  WakeMed Heart Center Expansion, Page 38WakeMed Heart Center Expansion

FreemanWhite, Inc.
2300 Rexwoods Drive, #300, Raleigh, NC 27607

LOCATION: Raleigh, North Carolina
DATE BID: Dec 2003
Construction Period: Feb 2004 to Aug 2005
Total Square Feet: 54,751 
SITE: 0.3 acres. 
BUILDING SIZE: Ground floor, 10,878; first floor, 10,406; 
second floor, 13,034; total, each additional floor, 20,433; 54,751 square feet. 
Building Height: Ground floor, 12’8”; first floor, 16’; second floor, 14’8”’; each additional floor, 14’; penthouse, 15’; total, 72’6”. 
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Pier & grade beam, slab-on-grade. 
Exterior Walls: Brick, curtainwall, metal panel. 
Roof: Built-up.
Floors: Concrete, metal deck. 
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Laurene & Rickher, P. C. - 8701 Red Oak Boulevard, #500, Charlotte, NC 28217
GENERAL CONTRACTOR & Cost Estimator: Brasfield & Gorrie - 8521 Six Forks Road, #110, Raleigh, NC 27615
MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: FreemanWhite, Inc. - 2300 Rexwoods Drive, #300, Raleigh, NC 27607
HELISTOP DESIGNER: FEC Heliports - 5298 River Road, Cincinnati, OH 45233

WakeMed Heart Center, which treats more heart patients than any other hospital in North Carolina, needed an expansion to meet increased patient load, provide state-of-the-art treatment, and support a streamlined and efficient operation. The addition had to be squeezed into a 12,000-square-foot wedge-shaped lot sandwiched between the parking deck and the existing building, the only space available after the original triangle-shaped Heart Center building was constructed in 1997. Adding as many as four stories would still have failed to provide the hospital enough extra space. FreemanWhite Inc. solved the problem by cantilevering the first, second and third floors slightly over the parking deck to create further added space, and placing the building right at the setback line.

Designed to be a seamless addition to the existing facility, the Heart Center Expansion employs exterior materials, colors, proportions, and relief that match and complement the existing hospital. The addition uses the same North Carolina brick, but with a slightly different color pattern. The building's facade incorporates dark, reflective glass and some aluminum panels. The strong horizontal appearance and crisp detailing, and the way in which the building addition touches the ground and the sky, create a consistent, strong architectural identity. 

From the well-situated parking deck adjacent to the building, to the easily located areas of patient registration, diagnostic testing, physician offices or the Heart Center Inn, patients and their families experience the utmost in convenience and access at the new, expanded WakeMed Heart Center. The $18 million expansion added almost 55,000 square feet of space and renovated an existing 39,000 square feet. More space was devoted to noninvasive diagnostic testing on the ground floor and more offices provided for physician practices on the first floor. A pre- and post-procedure observation unit was doubled in size from 22 to 43 beds. Diagnostic testing departments were relocated and expanded. To reduce wait times, the Heart Center added a second registration area. The older facility had three-sided rooms with curtains; these were replaced with private rooms large enough to accommodate a family member. The new building has a separate waiting room with seating for 50 on the second floor, while the older Heart Center completely lacked a family waiting area. The renovated and expanded space now houses eight cardiac catheterization labs and two electro-physiology labs. 

The expansion project added 10 rooms to the Heart Center Inn, a hotel on the third floor for family members and patients coming from a distance or patients choosing to stay another night after being discharged. The lodging facilities enable WakeMed to offer on-site hospitality to out-of-town families. A conference center was added to the Heart Center Inn, with audio/video links into operating and procedure rooms for physician symposia.

The Heart Center Expansion was outlined in FreemanWhite’s original master plan for WakeMed, prepared many years prior to construction of the addition. The master plan included a campus utility infrastructure capable of supporting expansion, using existing campus drives, parking, and drainage systems, and civil/site, mechanical, and electrical services already in place. 

DIV. 7: Built-Up Roof: Carlisle.
DIV. 8: Curtainwall, Entrances & Storefronts: Vistawall; Glazing: Viracon.
DIV. 9: Acoustical Treatment: Armstrong; Gypsum: United States Gypsum; Flooring: Armstrong; Carpet: Lees.
DIV. 14: Elevators: ThyssenKrupp.
DIV. 16: Lighting: Lithonia.

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