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February 24, 2023

First Place — Block: St. Michael Medical Center — Silverdale

Photo copyright Dale Lang
St. Michael Medical Center uses four different types of block from two suppliers.

Location: Silverdale

Mason contractor: Fairweather Masonry Co.

Architect: NBBJ

General contractor: Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty Co.

Masonry supplier: Mutual Materials, Basalite

While hospitals are dedicated to healing their communities, they are also some of the most energy-intensive buildings on the planet. To create a hospital that is not only committed to patient care but the environment too, the St. Michael Medical Center Acute Care Expansion creates a highly efficient, sustainable and flexible health care delivery system that serves as a source of pride for patients, providers, staff and the region.

Intentional sustainable design and careful planning combine to promote environmental stewardship and celebrate the natural beauty of the site while connecting the experience to the healing qualities of nature.??

The primary wall system is CMU veneer. The project has 20,000 square feet of natural ground and standard CMU.

The design team took a unique approach to the old use of CMU block by using two suppliers and four different types of blocks. The block labeled the same by the two suppliers gives the block a unique look.

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