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Kosair Children’s Medical Center


The Kosair Children’s Medical Center in Brownsboro, KY is designed to bring a specialized level of care to children in the Louisville metropolitan area and surrounding region. Building elements such as appropriately sized doors for children, vibrant colors and playful interiors are intended to bring a sense of calm to the young patients that the facility serves.

To help the building make a good first impression, Laughlin Millea Hillman Architecture of Louisville, KY, utilized a colorful Dri-Design rainscreen metal wall system on the hospital’s exterior. Featuring dry joints and 080”-thick panels painted Berkshire Blue, the pressure equalized assembly covers approximately 7,500 sq. ft. of wall area.

According to Ray Winter, project architect, the facility was designed to be playful, yet energy conscious with elements such as insulated concrete form walls, a fully integrated geothermal mechanical system, fenestration specifically located to bring natural light into public spaces, and a Thermoplastic Polyolefin Roof (TPO) system for increased solar reflectance.

The construction manager on the project was Messer Construction Company, Louisville, in partnership with The Mardrian Group, also of Louisville. The Dri-Design distributor was Spohn Associates, Indianapolis.

Dri-Design panels can be made from a variety of materials including painted aluminum, zinc, copper and stainless steel and are 100% recyclable. Painted panels are available in any Kynar color in both standard and custom sizes.

About Dri-Design

DriDesign_logo_020511Dri-Design was founded in 1995 with the successful development of the Dri-Design® Wall Panel System. The system's panels can be installed over commercial-grade Tyvek onto plywood, or they can be used as a sophisticated outboard-insulation, pressure-equalized rainscreen. The 100% recyclable panels can be manufactured from a variety of materials, including zinc, copper, stainless steel, and painted and anodized aluminum. Panels are available in any Kynar color and are sized and detailed to meet the specific requirements of each project. Unique profiles include: Shadow, Tapered, Perforated, Embossed, Textured, Dri-Design® with Corian® EC, Imaging Technology and Inspire. These options create angles, textures, depth, images and performance that cannot be matched. The Dri-Design® Wall Panel System is Dade County and AAMA 508-07 approved. To learn more about the company's products, visit

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