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Architects Design Modern Pedestrian Bridge For Michigan Hospital Staff
Project Name: St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) Pedestrian Bridge
Location: Pontiac, MI
Architect: HKS Architects
General Contractor: Barton Marlow
Client: Madison Heights Class Company
CEI Materials System: R4000
Products: metal composite material
Photography:  CEI Materials

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) in Pontiac, Michigan is a teaching medical facility established nearly a century ago. Providing comprehensive medical care for Oakland County, the hospital is a member of the established Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. Back in 2006, a “regeneration” plan was initiated with a series of planned enhancements over the next decade. In addition to the renovation of the physical facility, an intensive reorganization plan was established as well as a means of improving the internal functionality of the hospital.

St Joseph Mercy Oakland, SJMO Pedestrian Bridge, Michigan, HKS Architects, Madison Heights Class Company, CEI Materials R4000

One of the physical enhancements was the construction of a new pedestrian bridge that is used primarily by hospital staff. Interestingly, the bridge’s interior features pillars that are painted with different motivational or inspiring words to be viewed when entering and exiting the facility. Upon entrance, the staff is greeted by words such as compassion and excellence while upon exiting, words like cherish and relax promote SMJO’s commitment to a balanced life.

St Joseph Mercy Oakland, SJMO Pedestrian Bridge, Michigan, HKS Architects, Madison Heights Class Company, CEI Materials R4000

HKS Architects were responsible for both the interior and exterior design elements. General Contractor, Barton Marlow, of Southfield, Michigan spearheaded the 300-foot bridge construction. Ideal Contacting provided the structural fabrication and installation of the bridge, which provides safer and more convenient access to the facility from the employee parking structure.

CEI Materials worked closely with Madison Heights Class Company to fabricate the enveloping metal composite material. Utilizing the R4000 Drained Rear-Ventilated Rainscreen System, CEI Materials helped produce the hospital’s modern addition. With darkened glass, the bridge allows unobstructed views and an influx of natural light to the interior while providing safety and security for the staff walking to and from their parking structure.

St Joseph Mercy Oakland, SJMO Pedestrian Bridge, Michigan, HKS Architects, Madison Heights Class Company, CEI Materials R4000

In a structural redesign each element serves a function to enhance the facility for its patients and staff. Bridges have a unique function in a hospital, as the first entry and last exit point of the day; the addition of inspirational words offer solace to the busy medical professionals inside. 


Attachment System Used:  R4000 Series

CEI Materials’ Performance Tested & Approved R4000 Drained/ Rear-Ventilated Rainscreen Panel Systems offers rain screen technology with varying joint widths as well as color versatility.

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