New Kaiser center under way

Work is in progress for the new Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center in Hillsboro.

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Work has begun on Kaiser Permanente’s new Westside Medical Center in Hillsboro, a project that will cost $360 million, including $220 million for construction.

The center is being outfitted to withstand both seismic activity and the wet Pacific Northwest weather, the latter of which presents a challenge for the California-based company.

For skin systems, the California model doesn’t work for the Pacific Northwest. “They’re basically big stucco jobs, which is a bad idea for Portland,” [said Travis Baker, project director for general contractor Andersen Construction].

The Westside Medical Center will have a locally appropriate rain-screen system featuring brick and metal panels.

Read the full story at the Daily Journal of Commerce.

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