The new HealthPartners Neuroscience Center in St. Paul features a lot of exterior and interior glass, allowing for natural sunlight throughout the building. In a recent post, SC Railing Company described how the health of patients, staff, and visitors will benefit from the design of facility.
HealthPartners was looking to create a state-of-the-art facility, while keeping patients and caregivers in mind and creating a “calm, comfortable and convenient” atmosphere. They were clear that, with increased awareness around the benefits natural light and outdoor views have on patients, their facility should utilize glass not only as the building façade, but extend that within the interior of the facility, allowing the light and views to be carried throughout. Part of HealthPartners “Intentional Design” was to allow for natural sunlight throughout the building. – SC Railing Company
SC Railing Company was selected to provide its proprietary “Dot Series” glass railing, a perfect fit for the facility’s modern aesthetic and natural light requirements. The Dot series railing system’s most distinguishable feature is its unobtrusive stainless steel circular glass mounts attached to SC Railings’ patented stainless steel trapezoidal posts. This combination, when fitted with ½-inch clear, tempered glass, allows for unobstructed outdoor views and plenty of natural light to flow throughout the interior of the facility, complemented by the building’s all-glass façade. Ironically, the beauty of the Dot series design is that it is meant to be “unseen.” Patients, staff and visitors to the hospital will be surprised to learn this facility features more than 541 linear feet of glass railing ascending multiple levels and balcony overlooks. Even curved staircases have segmented glass panels with attached custom rolled stainless steel handrail to achieve the desired curve on both the overlooks and stair. Stainless steel trapezoidal posts were welded to structural steel stair stringers at the monumental stair and finished with custom escutcheon covers. – SC Railing Company
MG McGrath Architectural Glass & Glazing worked with SC Railing Company and the project team to install the center’s interior glass railing, as well as the exterior curtainwall and entrance systems.
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MG McGrath Architectural Glass & Glazing has grown from a local glass shop, servicing retail and specialty clients, into an award-winning national glass and glazing contractor and leader in the industry, with proven knowledge and expertise in glass and glazing exterior facades, storefronts, skylights, and interiors. MG McGrath Architectural Glass & Glazing features the latest equipment, tools, technology, and a 100,000 square foot custom manufacturing facility to provide customers with master craftsmanship, dedication, and extraordinary products and systems to meet the ever changing and evolving needs of the architectural and building community.