California health facility clad with aluminum panels

June 21, 2019

OLE Health’s Napa Valley campus in California features aluminum panels finished with 70 percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin-based coatings. Photo © Bryan Gray Photography. Photo courtesy OLE Health and Linetec[1]
OLE Health’s Napa Valley campus in California features aluminum panels finished with 70 percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin-based coatings.
Photo © Bryan Gray Photography. Photo courtesy OLE Health and Linetec

Earlier this spring, OLE Health[2] celebrated the grand opening of its Napa Valley Vinters South Napa Campus in California. More than 15,000 patients are anticipated to use the healthcare services annually at this new facility, which is OLE Health’s ninth location.

Designed by INDE architecture[3] of San Francisco, the 2694-m2 (29,000-sf), three-story building’s exterior colors showcase a contemporary, agriculturally inspired palette including terra cotta, light brown, and slate gray tones. It was applied on aluminum panels using 70 percent, two-coat, polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin-based coatings.

The panels were installed by Rua & Son Mechanical[4] in a randomized, stepped, vertical pattern to create a visually textured façade. In addition to achieving the desired look, the painted finish also hold up to California’s sunshine.

The coatings also meet the stringent American Architectural Manufacturers Association[5] (AAMA) 2605, Voluntary Specification, Performance Requirements, and Test Procedures for Superior-performing Organic Coatings on Aluminum Extrusions and Panels. This specification’s rigorous testing performance standards include more than 4000 hours of salt spray, and heat- and humidity-resistance. These 70 percent PVDF resin-based coatings shield the aluminum against weathering, pollution, and aging.

According to INDE architects, sustainable finishes and energy-efficient buildings systems were important considerations for OLE Health, given the building’s proximity to wetlands. Central to every aspect of the project’s design is the patient’s experience.

The newly opened facility includes 18 patient exam rooms, nine dental chairs, full optometry services, health education classrooms, a teaching kitchen, and consultation rooms for integrated behavioral health, nursing, nutrition, and clinical pharmacy services. Modern conveniences include self-check-in kiosks, a fully wireless building and secure texting with doctors. Outdoor learning spaces include a garden to teach patients about healthy food choices and nutrition.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: https://www.constructionspecifier.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/opener-4.jpg
  2. OLE Health: http://www.olehealth.org/
  3. INDE architecture: https://www.indearchitecture.com/
  4. Rua & Son Mechanical: https://www.ruainc.com/
  5. American Architectural Manufacturers Association: https://aamanet.org/

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