WBCM provided structural engineering and design services for the construction of an inpatient tower and women’s center at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center. WBCM provided structural design for the reinforcement of approximately 245,000 square feet of space across seven occupied floors, two shell levels, and a mechanical penthouse on the roof. The end result was more than a 50% increase in usable space.
WBCM overcame a number of complex requirements to deliver a significant engineering design solution. Site constraints, including an existing parking garage, patient tower, chiller plant, and mechanical room structure, complicated the design process and the phasing efforts required to maintain normal operations during construction.
WBCM also designed connections between the existing patient tower and the new inpatient tower at critical junctures to provide efficient access between departments. The floor-to-floor height of the existing tower coupled with the complex geometry of the floor plans of the new tower structure forced the architect to design a floor plate with irregular shapes and a non-symmetric column grid to allow floor elevations to match up. WBCM used cast-in-place reinforced concrete to solve the resulting challenges, such as the need for a thin floor structure, required fire ratings, and design flexibility, while still being cost effective.
Baltimore Washington Medical Center
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