November 13, 2008

Stearns Aided in the Essential Growth of the Vancouver Clinic

R.F. Stearns, Inc., is pleased to announce the recent completion of the 138,300 square-foot medical office building known as The Vancouver Clinic at 87th Avenue, located adjacent to their existing facility near the Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, Washington. The new medical building is the latest and largest of three developments and more than doubles the size of its previous facility. New construction was essential to meet the medical needs of the growing population and to offer a wide range of multi-specialty services. The super clinic consists of 3 floors, 219 exam and procedure rooms, 108 medical offices, 64 restrooms, 4 elevators and architectural steel-framed staircases. The Vancouver Clinic has served Southwest Washington since 1936 and is considered the largest multi-specialty medical clinic in the area.

Having partnered together on the Salmon Creek building, the design and construction teams utilized their experience from the previous project to enhance the design elements of the new building. Stearns collaborated with KPFF Structural Engineers to assist with the design development and frame construction encompassing structural steel components, architectural curved metal staircases, railings incorporating stainless steel perforated panels and the arched steel systems. Stearns' early involvement and steel integration processes allowed them to commence detailing early in the design while progressing with component selection, procurement, fabrication and administer an aggressive steel construction schedule.

A unique aspect to this modernistic structure, designed by Neenan Archistruction(R), is the majestic three-story atrium along the center-length of the building. The atrium is framed in steel and glass and finished with an arched roof that is raised above the rooftop to allow daylight throughout the building interior. Maintaining Stearns' suggestion to use an open-web joist design as infill continued to contribute cost saving advantages. Complimenting radius-canopies line the structure's exterior. In addition to performing the steel frame scope for the project, further significant areas of Stearns' influence were the arched mechanical trellis system which house the mechanical units located on the roof, the curved architectural exposed channel staircases and the pedestrian steel bridges over the atrium areas. Jim Sarka, Project Manager of R.F. Stearns stated; "It was a great pleasure to have another opportunity to work with the entire design and construction teams. Incorporating the lessons learned from the Salmon Creek project led to a very successful completed design and unparalleled teamwork amongst all parties."

Affirming the contributions of Stearns and the collective workforce, Mark Schneider, Project Manager of The Neenan Company, stated; "R.F. Stearns has developed an integrated team of professionals who are dedicated to each and every client interaction. They are setting the standard for personal service and expertise."

The efforts of the entire design and construction teams are to be commended on numerous levels for capturing the architect and owner's vision for this cutting-edge, steel-framed medical super-structure.

About Stearns

R.F. Stearns is recognized as a pioneer of the design/build process for steel construction, and with over twenty years of experience, remains an industry-leading expert. Stearns professional teams of engineers, designers, detailers and project managers provide comprehensive accountability for every facet of steel construction, including conceptual design, estimating, structural detailing, fabrication and steel erection.

In addition to providing complete Division 5 services for steel construction, Stearns is the exclusive provider of innovative, long-span SmartBeam(R) technology and light-gauge steel framing systems throughout the Western United States.

To learn more about R.F. Stearns' design/build capabilities, SmartBeam(R) or light-gauge steel framing applications, we invite you to call us at our West Linn, OR headquarters, 503-723-5959, or visit our website at