Providing design services for the planned 283,000 square foot, eight-story new Children's Hospital in Portland. catena was chosen by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca for this project due to our in-depth knowledge of children's hospitals and health care design experience. We are translating that experience into a structural system that will be efficient, safe, and help the team to meet the owner's goals - providing excellent care in a supportive, healing environment. We are working closely with ZGF to provide a seamless design using BIM technology that the contractor will use to provide early procurement of structural steel, and to aid in conflict resolution. This technology has aided the collaboration that is a trademark of our work, and is helping us to examine solutions from many different perspectives, providing our client with multiple options in the design process. The new hospital will house Pediatric Care and Intensive Care Units, Neonatal Care and Intensive Care Units, and a Pediatric Emergency Department.
The project also includes a 300 vehicle parking structure. Catena worked with ZGF to examine multiple structural framing schemes, and the relative costs and benefits of each. Our rapid analysis of each scheme during the early phases of the project enabled the Owner to review in detail the schemes, and to arrive at a timely and informed decision. The selected scheme is a steel framed structure that includes cellular steel beams and Buckling Restrained Braces, both newer technologies that save on materials and help to achieve sustainable design practices, an important goal of the project.