HealthPartners / Gillette Specialty Center

  • Location: St. Paul, MN
  • Architect: Pope Architects
  • Client: Frauenshuh Companies

Project Highlights

  • Vibration control
  • Structural steel and composite concrete floor and roof slabs
  • Adjacent two-level parking deck


HealthPartners and Gillette Hospital share this 130,000 square foot medical specialty and outpatient surgery center. Because of the center’s surgery and imaging functions, vibration control was an important aspect of its design and construction and was implemented according to the AISC Design Guide #11. The building is framed with structural steel and composite concrete floor and roof slabs. Braced frames resist lateral forces in the east-west direction. Moment frames resist lateral forces in the north-south direction. The exterior wall system is constructed with a combination of precast architectural concrete panels and clay brick backed up by cold-formed steel framing.

The adjacent two-level parking deck is constructed with precast double tees supported by precast beams and columns. The north side of the deck is supported on a tall cast-in-place concrete retaining wall that extends the entire 420-foot-length of the structure.