Swedish-Issaquah hospital facility.

Swedish-Issaquah Hospital Facility

Won-Door products protect the very heart

By Sharon Haddock

Swedish-Issaquah hospital facility.Eight Won-Door FireGuard 60 doors protect the heart of the new energy-efficient, innovative, Swedish-Issaquah hospital facility.

The doors — rated for 60 minutes of fire protection and with Smoke and Draft labels — separate the elevator lobby from the medical office center and the out-patient hospital with accordion doors on each side of the elevators from the second through the fifth floors.

If there's a fire or if an alarm goes off, the doors close automatically, essentially isolating and protecting the elevators and the medical buildings on both sides.

"Won-Door definitely helped out with the code issues. Won-Door gave us a way to meet the code and still be able to provide access between the towers," said Bobby Thomsen, the project architect for CollinsWoerman, the Seattle firm  that designed the new medical center project. The complex  in the Issaquah Highlands that will help meet the health-care needs of the fast-growing community of Greater Issaquah/Sammamish. "This is the second project where we've used Won-Door. They were our first choice here," Thomsen said.

The new five-story medical center, which offers primary and emergency care, imaging, out-patient surgery, cancer patient care, physical therapy and physiatry, cardiac diagnosis and infusion, and specialty care clinics in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, cardiology, gastroenterology, pulmonology, orthopedics, spine care, urology, neurology and neurosurgery, pain, otolaryngology, allergy, audiology, plastics and general surgery, will open in July 2011.

The pharmacy, the education and conference center, café and retail stories will open in July as well.

The medical 500,000-plus square foot complex is the first of its kind to be built in King County in more than 25 years.

The 175-bed hospital will open in the middle of November, 2011.

Susan Gillespie, senior project manager for the Swedish/Issaquah campus, and Lee Brei, Swedish's director of facility services, say they intend to make their first major eastside site the most energy-efficient in the region.

"We have one chance to do this project right and take advantage of the best practices in new hospital construction," Gillespie said. "The key goals are to integrate advanced technologies and processes that significantly reduce energy consumption, cut our carbon footprint and lower overall operating costs so we can provide the most cost-effective care."

Brei said the Issaquah Highlands area is known for its "green" building strategies and the medical center fits right in with an efficient building envelope, an advanced high-efficiency heating system and state-of-the-art cooling equipment, 6,000 square feet of landscaped area on the flat podium between the building towers and full sun orientation on three sides.

Hospitals traditionally spend more on energy per square foot than any other commercial building type, according to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers.

The Swedish complex through its innovative design and  focus on the recapture and recycling of energy will set a new standard, according to its management.

Won-Door's FireGuard doors provided the design team at CollinsWoerman with a means to achieve their design goals as well as contribute to the overall energy efficiency of the hospital.

As a product that utilizes power only when actually needed, the FireGuard doors remain out of sight until an alarm situation, at which point they are called into action, said Scott E. Lindley, District Manager for the Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska region. "They utilize extremely little energy on a daily basis.

"Won-Door is extremely excited to be a part of this very high profile and innovative hospital, and to be associated with three of the oldest and best known organizations in the Puget Sound region, Swedish Hospital Sellen Construction,and CollinsWoerman" said Lindley. "It has been a privilege to be a part of the project team and we look forward to long and mutually beneficial relationships with both of these companies."