T.Y. Lin International (TYLI) was retained to create the comprehensive architectural and structural design, energy study, and construction documents for a total envelope replacement of the 700,000-square-foot Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia.
As part of TYLI’s contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, on behalf of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the work was funded as an Energy and Facility Project. The design team was tasked with providing a new envelope that performed 30% better than that of the existing structure, which was built in 1977.
Instrumental to the project’s success, TYLI also developed a challenging phasing plan that allowed for construction to take place while all areas of the site and hospital interior remained fully functional.
- The project included replacement of all exterior metal panels, exterior aluminum and storefront windows, curtain wall, exterior doors and louvers, and interior renovations at existing exterior walls.
- TYLI performed eQuest facility building modeling to determine potential cost savings for the building envelope improvement measures.
- Initial selection of a superior wall panel system with integrated aluminum windows allowed the new envelope to achieve superior thermal performance without sacrificing aesthetics or budget requirements.
- TYLI replaced the aging stainless steel panels of the seven-story building with more aesthetic, colorful metal panels. The design also included stainless steel screens over existing louvers and full building-height signage and lighting elements.