Integrated Project Delivery is oft-lauded as a collaborative process that increases project efficiency by bringing all stakeholders into the discussions early and often, eliminating misunderstandings and redundancies. At the site of Oregon Health & Sciences University’s Center for Health and Healing – South (CHH-South), a 430,000 SF ambulatory surgery center in Portland, Oregon, the IPD process included co-location of team members in an onsite office where designers worked elbow-to-elbow with installers, engineers, vendors and contractors. During the schematic design phase, the ZGF / Hoffman team was seeking a concealed fastener façade panel that could be both field-installed and glazed into the curtain wall, with a texture dynamic enough to interact well with the building’s scale.
During their research, the ZGF designers found the MORIN W-12 (below), a folded panel that is oft-popular because of its dynamism, ease of installation and overall flexibility. Given the building’s scale, the design team thought a similar panel with just one more fold would be ideal, but no such panel existed. With project team members all in one location, designers had only to swivel around in their chairs and ask the on-site panel expert if MORIN could create a custom panel for the CHH-South exterior.
Less than a week later, a mocked-up prototype was in-hand, and roughly eight months later the Z-12 panel (below) made its debut named in homage to the ZGF designers that conceived of it and the W-12 panel that inspired it. As a result of the IPD process, an entirely new product was created at no cost and of great value to the client.
Forty-one thousand feet of the panel are currently being installed at OHSU CHH-South, slated to open in early 2019, and will serve as a testament to the innovation, hard work, and collaborative spirit of the entire project team.