The University of Kentucky’s one million square facility was finished in two phases, allowing for the step-by-step replacement of their existing hospital. The hospital is the cornerstone of a 20-year, $2.5 billion construction plan for an academic medical campus of the future.
The project included 100,000 sq ft of 1/8” Plate Material comprising Metalwërks® beam covers, canopy cladding, custom enclosures, and Omniplate™ 1500 wall cladding throughout the hospital podium, two towers and pedestrian bridge cornice features.
Major project features included cantilevered “flying” beam, truss and cornice features at the 5th floor podium & 13th floor East & West Towers, and predominant “channel” profiled fascia Omniplate™ 1500 panels with extruded applique nosings and backcut corners for sharp bent profiles at monumental curtainwall and key building features. These elements had a number of articulated features to mimic steel plate construction. There was also a curved pedestrian bridge with approximately 20,000 sq ft alone using radiused and tapered to clad the sweeping pedestrian overpass on the main access road through the hospital. Metalwërks material stands out with dramatic flair against the rich red brick façade predominant as the main façade. The Metalwërks contribution to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital in the nation’s heartland stands out as one of our greatest accomplishments.