UPMC, Blair County
Keller Engineers’ Structural Engineering Division designed the structural components of this three-story, 91,000 SF medical facility which houses suites for UPMC Medical System, including radiology and imaging services. The structural system is steel frame with stud in-fill, and concrete retaining walls for the partial underground first floor. Also, a mechanical penthouse at the fourth level contains all heating and air conditioning equipment.
The floor and roof systems consist of wide flange beams that are widely spaced with an Epicore metal deck and concrete slab. Using widely spaced beams reduced the number of framing members, thus reducing erection time. The Epicore deck allows mechanical and electrical component, as well as the ceiling, to be hung directly from the deck.
For over 20 years I have had the privilege of working with Keller Engineers and their staff of surveyors, and civil and structural engineers on over $150 million worth of work. During these project relationships and partnering opportunities, my architectural teams have received nothing but premium professional services and courtesy towards my own staff, clients and prospective clients with stellar attention given to building and site details, client responsiveness and peer respect. I look forward to many more teaming opportunities and urge any other architectural firms, municipalities or clients who have not worked with Keller Engineers to do so. You will be pleasantly surprised! Richard L. Karcher, AIA, NCARB