Cedars Sinai Saperstein Critical Care Tower
The Saperstein Critical Care Tower for the Cedars Sinai Medical Center located in Los Angeles, California, is comprised of 8 floors and 250,000 square feet of space. This new tower replaces the Schuman and Brown Buildings which were severely damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. It houses 72 intensive care unit beds, a 48 bed direct observation unit, 30 acute care beds and space for future expansion. With input from user groups, the tower was designed with patient rooms containing identical floor plans- not "mirror image" plans as in most hospitals. This was done to increase staff efficiency with every piece of equipment and every control located in the same position in each room.
Connecting to the previously existing hospital through a series of bridges and tunnels, the facility will also leverage the Medical Center's new Automated Guided Vehicle System (AGVS) for the delivery and removal of materials, supplies and trash. The AGVS utilizes 28 robotic cars to transport carts, each of which that can carry 850 pounds. The cars can run at up to 2.5 miles per hour for 5 continuous hours after charging for only 40 minutes.
The "Lantern" section of the tower is clad by 365 glass panels ranging is size from 8 to 10 feet high by 3 to 7 feet wide. The panels in the Lantern and bridge areas are of state-of-the-art composition, designed for maximum solar control and heating / cooling efficiency while maintaining strength for earthquakes in this seismically active region. Each panel consists of one clear and one green-tinted sheet of glass bonded around a polyvinyl butyral (PVB) interlayer. This combination of materials provides the attractive green tint, eliminates almost all ultraviolet light transmission and strengthens the glass. The windows are cleaned on a regular basis via a swing stage system on both the hospital tower and the bridge.
The Intelisyn contact for this project is Loren Lavi, Director Healthcare Development