Helen Devos Hospital

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Reduced Carbon Footprint by 63 tons and increased Speed of Construction by 10 days.


Project Summary

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is a pediatric hospital located in Grand Rapids, Michigan and a division of Spectrum Health. It is named for Helen DeVos, the wife of Amway founder Richard DeVos, a major donor.


This hospital offers over 40 pediatric specialty services to children in need. It was founded in 1970 and updated in 2011 with a state-of-the-art 14 story building. Part of this process included Helix® Micro Rebar™ reinforcement.  Helix® steel reinforcement was able to replace the original design of 1 layer of 6x6 W2.5/ W2.5 mesh in a 4.5” thick section with a Helix® dosage of 8 lb/yd3 in the same 4.5” thick section.


Category:                 Commercial
Contractor:             Kent Companies
Location:                 Grand Rapids, MI 
Application:           Slab on Metal Deck
Original Design:  4.5” thick section with

                                   1 layer of 6X6, W2.5/W2.5 mesh 

Helix Dosage:       4.5” thick section with 8 lb/yd3









Increase in Shear Strength:               194%

Increase in Modulus of Rupture:    18%

Increase in Durability:                        22%

Increased Speed of Construction:   10 Days

Reduction in Carbon Footprint:     63 Tons

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