The D. Dan and Betty Kahn Health Care Pavilion at University of Michigan Health, Ann Arbor, Michigan: First Look

D. Dan and Betty Kahn Healthcare Pavilion at University of Michigan Health, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Michigan Medicineencompassing the clinical, research and educational activities of the University of Michigan academic medical center, will welcome the new $920 million D. Dan and Betty Kahn Healthcare Pavilion to its main medical campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in fall 2025. The 264-bed facility will house a state-of-the-art neuroscience center, specialized services for cardiovascular and thoracic patients, 20 surgical suites and three interventional radiology suites.

The project will expand high-complexity inpatient capacity and improve the number of individual private rooms on the main medical campus. The new private rooms have the capabilities of acute care rooms, allowing them to easily convert from acute care to acute care as care needs evolve over time. The 12-story building has five floors with 48 patient rooms per floor and a separate 24-bed designated ICU intensive care unit located between two surgical platforms. The two upper floors (96 authorized beds) are designed to function as individual respiratory infection containment units.

Changing the landscape of medicine in Michigan

The Kahn Pavilion is located on Michigan Medicine’s main medical campus, known as “the Hill” and is adjacent to the university’s central campus in Ann Arbor. A bridge and tunnel connect the pavilion to the adjacent Frankel Cardiovascular Center and medical center for visitors, patients and services.

The general design of the project responds to the scale, mass and materiality of the other buildings of the medical center. The two primary exterior materials are precast concrete panels in a color palette of Indiana limestone and near-clear, energy-efficient glass.

The interior color palette is called “Michigan meets Michigan” and combines Michigan’s natural colors (blues of the lakes, beiges of the sandy beaches, greens and dark walnuts of the hardwood forests) and design features Featuring the University of Michigan’s well-known maize and blue branding.

Sustainable design features

The pavilion is designed with a focus on environmental sustainability, which is a priority for the university and Michigan Medicine, as the institution implements strategies to move toward carbon neutrality in the future. Each facet of the project is considered with the use of materials, energy and water efficiency as its main objectives.

Sustainable strategies are expected to result in a 49 percent reduction in CO2 intakes, 19 percent natural gas savings, 71 percent total electricity savings, 6 million gallons of water savings and an overall energy reduction of 20 percent.

In addition, a life cycle analysis of the materials in the structure, foundations and envelope of the building was carried out. Iterative modeling allowed the project team to review areas of opportunity to reduce embodied carbon both through design efficiency and specifying lower embodied carbon concrete.

The selection of environmentally preferable materials was then verified by monitoring construction with the installation of products with multiple raw material attributes and those with third-party verified environmental product claims. In the end, the project was able to demonstrate a 15 percent reduction in global warming potential. The project, after a preliminary review by the USGBC, is on track to achieve LEED Platinum certification. If certified platinum, the Kahn Pavilion is believed to be the largest healthcare project with this designation in the country.

Project details for the D. Dan and Betty Kahn Healthcare Pavilion at the University of Michigan Health

Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Expected completion date: Spring 2025

Owner: University of Michigan Health, Michigan Medicine

Total construction area: 690,000 square feet.

Total project cost: $920 million

Project cost/m2. feet: $1,300

Architect: HOK (architect), IDS (associate architect)

Interior designer: HOK

General Contractor: Barton Malow

Engineers: HOK (structural), AEI (mechanical and electrical), Beckett & Raeder (civil)

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