When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers set out to replace the existing hospital at Fort Hood, Tex., using precast concrete was a no-brainer. Gate Precast Company produced a brick-inlaid, architectural precast concrete exterior wall system in its Hillsboro, Tex., facility for the new Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center. The mammoth project tops out at nearly 1 million ft2 and uses nearly 1000 precast concrete insulated panels embedded with thin brick.
Read more about this project in the Summer 2021 issue of Ascent.
The blast-resistant precast concrete walls, which are also thermally efficient and preinsulated, are among several features designed to earn the medical campus LEED gold certification. One of the sustainable measures includes a 30% reduction in energy use over ASHRAE Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. The wall panels feature a continuous layer of insulation between the building’s interior and exterior, preventing thermal bridging that can nullify the effect of the insulation.