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Mat-Su Regional Medical Center

279,000 FT2
Palmer, AK, USA
Healthcare / Hospitals / Inpatient Facilities
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing / Life Safety and Fire Protection
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The three-story hospital features an emergency department, a 14-bed intensive care unit, a 50-bed medical/surgical unit, an eight-bed obstetrics department, prenatal care unit, six operating rooms and post-anesthesia care bays. Also included are one C-section room, two endoscopy rooms, a radiology department and a catheterization lab. The third-floor shelled space provides the capacity for an additional 50 beds.


Frigid temperatures and short days made it difficult to bring in natural light while minimizing heat transfer through the windows. The design team opted for dual-paned windows with a single argon-filled cavity, low-emissivity glass, with extra-large windows in the patient rooms. Outside, heated paving is incorporated into the walkways in critical areas to melt the snow. A vapor barrier immediately behind the wallboard on the inside face of the building helps prevent moisture-related issues.