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  • Location
    Kirkland, Washington
  • Year
  • Installation Duration
  • Sq Ft
  • Architect
    kmd Architects
  • General Contractor
    Aldrich + Associates Inc.

Building a better hospital

Back in 2017, DIRTT worked with EvergreenHealth to build a progressive care unit (PCU) that could be easily maintained and quickly upgraded. Mission accomplished, thanks to modular solutions with removable wall panels. When it came time for EvergreenHealth to create a critical care unit (CCU), it made sense for DIRTT to bring those same cost-saving principals to the new build. But why stop there? Having learned so much building the PCU, there was a chance to make the CCU more versatile, more efficient, and more effective.

After a few years of wear and tear on the PCU, it was clear that the drywall and other conventional construction elements had taken a beating. But DIRTT’s durable solutions had maintained their integrity. To reduce future maintenance costs, the decision was made to build as much of the CCU as possible with DIRTT.

Conventional construction also creates a lot of dust. During the first Evergreen project, that dust required regular cleaning of DIRTT’s sustainable wall insulation at a substantial cost to the client. Using an easy-to-clean, foil-backed duct liner protected the insulation without impacting acoustic performance.

In response to COVID-19, EvergreenHealth wanted to improve infection prevention by making all 20 rooms negative-pressure capable. And if this change had been made on a project using copper pipes for medical gas, all the brazing that had been done to prep the piping would have had to be redone. And it would have been expensive. DIRTT’s Flex Gas allowed EvergreenHealth to simply change the hose lengths to meet the new design requirements.

The result was a space that offered all the functionality and durability of their PCU with improvements to reduce costs, improve efficiencies on the ward, and deliver exceptional patient care. See for yourself. Take a virtual tour of EvergreenHealth’s Critical Care Unit here.

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    Removable wall panels for easy maintenance
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    DIRTT low walls for line of sight
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    Negative pressure enabled spaces
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    Critical care unit
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    Applying DIRTT construction to the entire space
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    Storage solutions
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    Using duct liners to protect the insulation

Better sound privacy

DIRTT takes a holistic approach to sound management. This means we can meet the acoustic requirements and speech privacy needs of any space.


Ultra thin and incredibly durable

Corning® Willow® Glass incorporates vibrant graphics into your space. Crystal clear glass makes them look great. It's impact resistant, plus you can write on or clean the surfaces.


Design freedom and certainty

DIRTT Casework gives you complete design freedom without paying for the cost of custom. All on fast and certain DIRTT lead times.


Efficient electrical

DIRTT’s quick-connect power makes for rapid on-site installation. All while it reduces waste and improves adaptability for any future changes. 


The safer system

DIRTT Flex Gas is a tested, proven, future-proof medical gas system. It uses flexible hoses instead of fixed-in-place copper pipes.


The look of permanence

The Enzo™ system delivers a chic aesthetic with slim reveals. It gives a sense of permanence in a modular space.


Easy-to-clean walls

DIRTT’s healthcare optifiller encloses Enzo reveals between wall panels. It makes an easy-to-clean surface and improves infection prevention.


Latest tech in the walls

Cleanly integrate any type of technology and keep it secure. Maximize function and looks while you save space.


Show your spirit

Integrate branding and reflect your culture with surfaces that are easy to customize.


Do more with your walls

WriteAway™ film combines a dry-erase marker board with your walls for an integrated and more elegant solution. Add graphics or inspire collaboration without unsightly ghosting.

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