Biophilic design of Philadelphia’s Asplundh Cancer Pavilion features Linetec’s wood grain finish

Sidney-Kimmel-Cancer-Ctr-Abington-Jefferson-Health-(9-web)Wausau, Wisconsin (Nov. 2018) – The recently opened Asplundh Cancer Pavilion’s 86,000-square-foot outpatient center in the suburbs of Philadelphia combines state-of-the-art cancer-fighting science with a serene healing environment. Its biophilic design by EwingCole includes an exterior architectural aluminum system finished by Linetec to resemble the look and texture of natural wood.

“Our design team did an incredible job bringing the outdoors into the Pavilion with abundant natural light, birch and moss design elements, and views of the surrounding greenery,” said Peg O’Grady, Asplundh Cancer Pavilion’s administrative director, oncology at Abington-Jefferson Health. “Research shows that the environment has an effect on the burden of disease and healing times, so we were sure to make each choice thoughtfully.”

Sidney-Kimmel-Cancer-Ctr-Abington-Jefferson-Health-(8-web)The design team interviewed patients and their family members and engaged the Patient and Family Advisory Council as a sounding board. Local stone, indigenous plants and local contractors were used. Demonstrating its environmentally responsible design and construction, the project’s LEED® certification is in progress with the U.S. Green Building Council.

Continuity in care and design

Each year some 2,000 new cancer patients select Abington Hospital for diagnosis, treatment and ongoing care – making its program one of the busiest cancer centers in the region. “A cancer diagnosis is something that no one should ever face alone,” said Steven J. Cohen, M.D., Medical Director, Asplundh Cancer Pavilion, and Chief of Medical Oncology and Hematology at Abington – Jefferson Health. “Under one roof, our patients and their families will find every available outpatient resource – from the latest clinical trials to our Image Recovery Center – all paired with excellence in multidisciplinary clinical care.”

Located on the campus of Abington-Jefferson Health in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, the new $80 million center offers a comprehensive continuum of leading-edge outpatient care, clinical research and support services in one modern facility. The center is actually two buildings connected by a link and unified by a curving façade, composed of a large glass curtainwall with metal accents.

Kawneer manufactured the large, vertical aluminum sun shade fins, and 8- to 12-inch-deep horizontal curtainwall cover plates. Linetec finished these architectural aluminum components in a hazelnut brown, textured wood grain color that captures the look and feel of wood without the associated maintenance.

Sidney-Kimmel-Cancer-Ctr-Abington-Jefferson-Health-(16-web)The look of wood, the performance of aluminum

Unlike real wood, the finished aluminum is termite and insect proof, UV and corrosion resistant, and fire retardant. The sun shades and accents maintain their intended appearance in all seasons, and do not swell, rot and warp. Linetec’s wood grain finishes meet the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s stringent AAMA 2604 test standards for ruggedness, chemical and weather resistance.

“Offering long-term durability, the finished aluminum components also are less costly than real wood, providing superior performance and retaining the natural aesthetic,” said Linetec’s Tammy Schroeder, LEED Green Associate.

As an environmentally responsible finisher, Linetec applies the wood grain coatings by starting with a powder coat then utilizing a heat transfer sublimation process. This produces no VOCs or other potentially harmful emissions that may be of extra concern to patients and health care professionals.

“Linetec performed great on this project and it shows,” praised Bob Kennedy of glazing contractor R.A. Kennedy & Sons, Inc.

On time, on budget, with local support

Sidney-Kimmel-Cancer-Ctr-Abington-Jefferson-Health-(13-web)Pennsylvania-based R.A. Kennedy & Sons, Inc. performed all of the exterior glazing, which included two- and four-sided structural glazed curtainwall, traditional curtainwall, aluminum entrances, and custom aluminum trims. Kawneer’s aluminum framing was used for center’s four-sided, structural glazed curtainwall. In this four-sided cassette system, glass and subframe were fabricated together by R.A. Kennedy and then installed on site into the curtainwall’s carrier frames. The two-sided system used a conventional structural glazing process.

Robert Ganter Contractors of Quaker, Pennsylvania, assisted R.A. Kennedy with the wood grain-finished sun shades and accents. LF Driscoll, located in Philadelphia and part of Structure Tone, Inc., managed the overall construction project, keeping the project on schedule and within budget. Asplundh Cancer Pavilion broke ground in May 2016, was substantially completed in 2017 and opened in June 2018.

Sidney-Kimmel-Cancer-Ctr-Abington-Jefferson-Health-(3-web)The center was funded in part by a lead gift made by the children of the late Carl and Emilie Asplundh, who honored their parents by naming the building. “Understanding the need for this new facility and expanded programming, our community has supported this effort by making more than 5,000 contributions to our Reimagine Cancer Care Campaign,” said Meg McGoldrick, president, Abington – Jefferson Health. “The Asplundh Cancer Pavilion represents our commitment to meeting the greatest health care needs of our community.”

Asplundh Cancer Pavilion; 3941 Commerce Ave., Willow Grove, PA 19090; https://www.jeffersonhealth.org/cancer/asplundh-cancer-pavilion.html

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About Linetec

Located in Wisconsin, Linetec serves customers across the country, finishing such products as aluminum windows, wall systems, doors, hardware and other architectural metal components, as well as automotive, marine and manufactured consumer goods. The company is a subsidiary of Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOG).

Linetec is a member of the Aluminum Anodizers Council (AAC), the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Association of Licensed Architects (ALA), the National Glass Association/Glass Association of North America (NGA/GANA), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA).

Wood grain finishes for homes: Warmth of wood, durability of aluminum

RA360-TableCherry--courtesy-of-Haas-Door-webOctober is Energy Awareness Month, aluminum garage doors are extremely durable and one of the most energy-efficient doors available.

Home builders, owners and residents want a house that looks great year-round, doesn’t require seasonal maintenance, and can withstand brutal winter weather or sizzling summer temperatures.

Exterior wood trim and building materials present a warm, welcoming, upscale appearance. However, as time passes, wood can rot, swell, warp and attract insects. Its finish can fade and flake. Continuous exposure to direct sunlight, humidity, rain, snow and other natural elements can cause damage and degradation.

When wood is installed in a highly visible, frequently used part of the home – such as a garage door, it also must contend with daily bumps, scrapes, car exhaust and road salts.

RA360-ColonyMaple--courtesy-of-Haas-Door-webHomeowners and builders no longer need to choose between the look of wood and the durable, low maintenance of metal. Now, they can have both with Linetec’s wood grain painted finishes for architectural aluminum building products. Textured wood grain finish options mimic not just the look, but also the feel of natural wood.

Typically, Linetec also can offer the preferred appearance of wood at less cost than real wood. Working with residential product manufacturers, Linetec uses a heat transfer sublimation process, starting with a high-performance powder coat paint to finish the aluminum in a choice of wood grain patterns and colors.

Haas Door also reminds homeowners that “the garage door is often the single most used door in a home on a daily basis. Having a newer garage door makes it a more pleasant way to exit and re-enter your home each day. Plus, a newer door can be more reliable and safer than an older door that has its best years of service behind it.”

When considering home remodeling and improvement projects, remember that wood grain finishes for aluminum building products can offer a good return on investment. According to Remodeling magazine’s “Cost vs. Value” 2018 report, common remodeling projects that have a high return vs. investment cost for a homeowner include:

  • an upscale garage door replacement, returning 98.3 percent;
  • a midrange deck addition, returning 82.8 percent; and
  • an upscale window replacement, returning 69.5 percent.

Whether selecting wood grain finishes for a new garage door, deck, railings, or window and door framing, Linetec has the pattern to meet the desired aesthetic and required performance.

RA360-National-Walnut---courtesy-of-Haas-Door-webLinetec’s Wood Grain Gold Series palette features 14 textured, wood grain finishes that meet the higher performance criteria of AAMA 2604. Additional finishes also are available in more than 50 wood grain patterns. These powder coat painted finishes meet the stringent standards of AAMA 2604 for color uniformity, specular gloss, dry film hardness and adhesion, as well as resistance to impact, chemicals, detergents, scratches, corrosion, salt spray and fading due to ultraviolet light. The coatings also are fire retardant, and resistant to water and humidity.

Supporting environmentally sound practices, Linetec’s wood grain finishes utilize a powder coat process that does not emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Wood grain finishes can be specified with recycled aluminum content, and may be recycled after its long product lifespan.

Please contact us for personalized service in selecting the correct finish on your next project and for samples of our wood grain finishes.