Michigan’s first and only heart hospital is currently in the final stages of completion. The 96,000 sq. ft. Heart Hospital is a $78 million expansion of Detroit Medical Center that will house both the DMC Cardiovascular Institute and Cardio Team One. With a linear layout and a top-of-the line staff ranging from physicians to nurses working together in different cardiovascular disciplines, DMC’s Heart Hospital is set to have a resonating impact on the way cardiac care is given in Detroit. Among its unique traits, the hospital’s building materials also stand out. The DMC owners wanted to have high-performance insulation that provided structural integrity, a high R-value, and a rigid air and vapor barrier for their building, so they opted for a spray polyurethane foam application.
DMC contracted Stony Creek Service (SCS) for the project, which entailed applying SPF to the exterior of the Heart Hospital building. The five stories of the building’s exterior consisted of concrete masonry unit (CMU) wall covered with DensGlass exterior board sheathing installed between metal studs. SPF was applied to fill the cavities between the DensGlass substrate and the stud faces, and it was leveled off to be flush with the studs. Anton Cornellier, president of SCS, said that an exterior SPF application was the best possible option to add a unique value to the overall health of the building system.