Every project has its challenges — some are minor and others seem like running a marathon every day for a month.
If anyone, in any profession, tries to convince you that they are so good that none of their projects are challenging, run from them, quickly. If a project isn’t challenging, maybe the project vision hasn’t been refined enough to deliver maximal benefit.
At TEG, we are always facing challenging issues when we strive to deliver innovative architecture, interior design and engineering to our clients. Some challenges are imposed by the project site, others by the climate, financial realities versus the project scope and/or project goals. Regardless of the challenges, our design teams and clients collaborate to create project solutions that optimize every aspect of the project.
In this edition, we give you a glimpse of many projects in all phases of the creative process. Each has its challenges, and each solution offers our clients — and the communities who will use the facilities for many years — Design that Changes Lives.
With the Trinity Health Replacement Campus in Minot, North Dakota, challenges on this project have come in many forms and have required innovative problem solving — especially due to the climate in North Dakota. With the location of this nearly 1 million-square-foot project, the building must be designed to withstand a thermal range of over 110 degrees. Expansion and contraction as well as thermal penetration through the exterior envelope of the building became a very important and complex matter.
TEG employed a very accomplished building envelope consultant, PIE Consulting & Engineering, to perform computerized thermal dynamic studies of the exterior wall detailing. Trinity Health also commissioned this firm to perform on-site inspections of the envelope construction. Overcoming dynamic climate challenges takes research, collaboration and creativity.
At North Caddo Medical Center in Vivian, Louisiana, our featured project in this newsletter, financial challenges and project goals collided. In order to accomplish the goal of a full replacement acute care hospital, TEG had to collaborate with all our design team partners and create a project that could be a phased replacement performed on the same site as where the current hospital was located. This phasing took seven distinct construction phases, essentially, building new space to allow services to be relocated so that portions of the old hospital could be demolished. The staff at NCMC were incredibly patient and resilient. The construction managers, McInnis Brothers Construction, were great partners with good stamina. In the end, a wonderful critical access hospital was created that will serve this community for decades to come.
As many of our current clients face their challenges, many of our future clients are contemplating whether pursuing a project is worth the trouble. With a collaborative and innovative design team, all challenges can be solved with wonderful results.
Projects may not be easy, but they are worth doing. The true benefit of overcoming challenges is the fact that the results will definitely change lives.
R. Wayne Estopinal, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP
President – TEG
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