Heavily glazed Gateway Medical Center completed ahead-of-schedule

The basics: The six-story, 515,000 square-foot Gateway Medical Center opened several months ahead of schedule meeting the needs of fast-growing Clarksville, Tenn., and replacing a 54-year-old structure with a modern, larger facility. By September 2008, the $179 million, 270-bed project had been named the "South Central Region's Best Health Care Project of 2008” by South Central Construction magazine, according to a Wausau Windows and Wall Systems press release.

The players: Architect, Gould Turner Group, Nashville; general contractor, BE&K Building Group, Charlotte, N.C.; window system supplier, Wausau Window and Wall Systems, Wausau, Wis.; window installer, Wall Brothers Glass LLC, Clarksville, Tenn.; glass fabricator, Viracon, Owatonna, Minn.; paint finisher, Linetec, Wausau, Wis.

The glass and systems: 270 windows—a combination of project-in casement and fixed 3250 Series Visuline windows from the Advantage by Wausau collection of pre-engineered products with aluminum frames finished in a durable 70 percent Kynar two-coat paint Light Seawolf Beige color. All operable windows feature 1-inch insulating glass with ¼-inch tempered glass in access doors, and single-handle, multilocking hardware. Between-glass blinds for cleanliness allow patients to control the sunlight. The building also features 18-inch-wide louvers for thermal and solar control.