Suspended Ceiling (Oregon)

Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel

Photo by Jim Sweigart
Undulating walls and wood ceilings can be found inside Randall Children’s Hospital.

Location: Portland

Contractor: Fred Shearer & Sons

Architect: ZGF Architects

Team: GTS Interior Supply, L&W Supply, Armstrong Ceilings, Cemco, Decoustics, GC Products, USG Building Systems, Grace Construction Products

After three years of construction, the Randall Children’s Hospital on the campus of Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in North Portland recently opened its doors. The $245 million facility has 11 stories containing more than 334,000 square feet of space.

The new hospital provides acute care, neonatal and pediatric intensive care, emergency care and rehabilitation.

The new facility is more than twice its former size, completely separate from adult emergency care.

The hospital, which followed Green Guidelines for Healthcare Construction standards, has sustainable design elements throughout the building and landscaping. It also has family spaces, three glass-enclosed family lounges, playrooms, classrooms, a teen center and an art therapy studio.

The project used 3-D CAD design throughout the construction process. This technology aided in the design aspect and also the scheduling of trades during construction.

From the project‘s conception the intent was to use local artisans to complement the finishes that are standard in the industry. This included a local artist painting birds on the undulating wood ceilings that are more than 250 feet long.

Rulon Co.’s wood ceiling and suspension systems that were installed by Fred Shearer & Sons’ tradesmen roll up the wall from the first floor ceiling to create the second floor ceiling. The local artisans also provided detailing and decoration to the many radius curved gypsum walls and ceilings on the project.

Judge’s comment: “A very welcomed contrast has been created by the extensive curved wood ceilings. In addition, the variety of acoustical products that were incorporated into the overall design and installation of the ceilings have created a spectacular project.”

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