UW Health, integrated with the University of Wisconsin, is embarking on an expansion to enhance medical care. They're constructing a 469,000 sq ft, seven-story ambulatory medical center on their east campus. This facility will house a range of specialty care services, including women's complex care, adult cancer care, advanced imaging, and clinical trials. Moreover, the center will incorporate a photovoltaic array, generating 30% of the campus' energy via solar power. Accompanying this is a five-level, 846-stall total precast parking garage with electric car charging spaces.
UW Health opted for total precast construction for the garage due to its speed, quality, and cost-efficiency. They used prefabricated architectural cladding on the medical center's exterior to match the garage's finishes, creating a uniform look across the campus. The finish combines pigmented off-white acid-etched cement with modern architectural elements, elevating the facility's aesthetics.
While the project faced complexity in creating intricate pieces and segmenting them around window systems, it demonstrated Wells' architectural capabilities. The UW Health Eastpark Medical Center is a prominent sight from the freeway and will serve as a state-of-the-art facility upon completion in 2024, catering to families across the Midwest.