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Allana Buick & Bers, Inc. (ABBAE) was retained by Rafael Vinoly Architects to provide waterproofing and roofing design and construction administration services for the University of Chicago for their new Hospital Pavilion in Chicago.

The new hospital pavilion is an innovative patient care facility which will combine services currently located at multiple facilities within the University of Chicago Medical Center campus.

The basement of the new facility will house data information infrastructure, hospital kitchens, pharmaceutical laboratories, radiological and medical storage as well as other hospital functions critical to the operation of the new hospital. To protect these valuable hospital resources, ABBAE worked with the RVA design team to develop a system of proven waterproofing elements including a full exterior waterproofing membrane and active perimeter and sub-drain systems.

ABBAE developed several garden roof assemblies for the facility. Garden roofs are located at the 7th level and penthouse roof areas. The 7th level public waiting areas are uniquely placed for the surgery and procedure rooms located on the floors below. Garden roofs for this waiting area was designed with robust waterproofing assemblies to protect the treatment rooms below and provide optimal growing environment for the garden plantings. Garden roofs on the penthouse level were designed for low maintenance while providing a proven growing medium for the extensive area of sedum plantings.