Mt. Carmel / St. Ann’s Medical Office Building
Located in northeast Columbus’ Westerville neighborhood, Mount Carmel St. Ann’s is a community hospital with the clinical capabilities of facilities far larger. With a state-of-the-art emergency department, maternity ward and cancer center, patients are able to get a personal healthcare experience without sacrificing quality of care.
SMBH, Inc. served as the structural engineer on the unique 38,000 square foot addition to the existing office building, which included an attached linear accelerator building with up to 8 foot thick concrete walls. One of the challenges SMBH faced was the owner’s desire to use a thin supported floor slab on steel bar joists. Due to the joist spans, controlling vibration and upstairs file loading areas were major concerns during the design phase. During construction, as spaces were leased, more reinforcing was installed to meet the need of some very heavy medical equipment to be placed on the elevated floor slab. SMBH was also challenged with some intricate dimensioning required to support the brick shelf angles. This was particularly difficult in the southwest corner of the addition where it connects to the original structure.