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Nursing Home Himawari

Kevin Bews

By Kevin Bews

SPF Manager

May 6, 2019

Nursing Home Himawari is in Yokohama city, about an hour drive south of Tokyo. Construction for this project began in February 2018 and is on schedule to be completed and open in May 2019. It is a large 180 room senior multi-care complex that includes a nursery for care staff’s children within the facility. This building is a hybrid platform-frame structure that sits on a concrete podium with a total floor area of 8,345 m². The first floor of the building is built out of reinforced concrete and the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors being a 2×4 fireproof structure, consumes approximately 1,200m³ of SPF dimensional lumber in its construction. The wood is supplied by Canadian forest companies.

This facility will be owned and managed by Ikuseikai Social Welfare Corporation and was designed by MEDOX, an architect firm that specializes in designing medical and social welfare facilities. The general contractor for the project was Watanabe Gumi and the sub-contractor for the fireproof 2×4 structure wood structure is Mitsui Home Component. Since, since working with COFI and Mitsui Home on designing a first of its kind 5-storey 2×4/Midply, Seifu-kai elderly care project in Adachi, Tokyo, this is the 10th large 2×4 elderly care facility that MEDOX has designed in Japan over the last five years.