Apr 25, 2013
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THEME: Wellness

The Sustainable Healthcare Imperative: Ten LEED-Certified Projects for CleanMed

The CleanMed 2013 conference (April 24 – April 26)  provides an opportunity for leaders and key decision makers to discuss environmental sustainability in the healthcare sector with the overall goal of accelerating the sector’s commitment to ‘green’ values and regenerative health – improving the health of both people and planet.

The conference couldn’t be more prescient. Healthcare buildings use a tremendous amount of resources; the average hospital uses the amount of energy required to power 3,500 homes and the water resources that could keep the faucets running in 350 houses.  At Perkins+Will, we are actively trying to change this: In honor of CleanMed 2013, we present a small sampling  – from small to large, rural to urban, interior to facade – of the many LEED-certified healthcare buildings and interiors we’ve completed.  As the conference transpires this week, we hope these projects contribute to the discussion about creating a more sustainable future for both the healthcare sector and the planet.  

 

The figures speak for themselves: These ten LEED-certified healthcare projects are designed to reduce their annual carbon emission footprint by 13,000 tons and water consumption by 14 million gallons when compared to comparable code compliant healthcare buildings in the United States. Over the first 10 years of operation, these modeled savings equal the carbon sequestered annually by 133 Central Parks (or taking 2,850 cars off the road each year) and water from  215 Olympic-sized swimming pools. The next step we have initiated is working with building owners to measure the actual performance of these projects to truly understand their operational environmental impacts.

While some may think achieving LEED certification is cost prohibitive, we recently collaborated on a soon-to-be-released research study LEED-certified Hospitals: Perspectives on Capital Cost Premiums and Operational Benefits (see us speak here). The study includes 15 recently completed LEED-certified hospitals and revealed an average capital cost premium of .7% for those over 100,000sf and 1.2% overall.

DISCOVERY HEALTH CENTER
 


Harris, New York
LEED NC Certified 
Ambulatory Care Center

This project designed out of our New York office created 28,000sf space, the first LEED certified ambulatory care center in the world. Learn more+

 ARLINGTON FREE CLINIC


Arlington, Virginia
LEED CI Gold
Ambulatory Care Center 

Designed by our Washington, D.C. office, this facility provides medical care at no charge to low-income, uninsured persons through the use of volunteers and other health providers.  Opened in 2009, it provides 8,500sf space. Learn more+

ST. MARY’S HOSPITAL & REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, THE CENTURY PROJECT


Grand Junction, Colorado 
LEED NC Silver
Acute Care Hospital

Designed by our Minneapolis Office, this 122-bed facility opened in 2010. Learn more+

RUSH UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER ORTHOPEDIC AMBULATORY BUILDING


Chicago, Illinois
LEED CS Gold
Ambulatory Care Center 

This facility – designed out of our Chicago location – has provided 207,000sf of LEED CS space to Chicagoans since 2009. Learn more+

WILLSON HOSPICE HOUSE


Albany, Georgia
LEED NC Silver
Long Term Care 

This 31,000sf facility designed by our Atlanta office provides a sustainable sanctuary for those requiring its services. Learn more+

BAYLOR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, CHARLES A. SAMMONS CANCER CENTER 
 
 

Dallas, Texas
LEED CSGold
Ambulatory Care 
 

Designed out of our Dallas office, this 2011 project created 467,000sf of space for cancer treatment and research. Learn more+

RUSH UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER 
 

Chicago, Illinois
LEED NC Gold
Acute Care Hospital
 
This 386-bed facility, designed out of our Chicago office, matches impressive design with sustainable features. Learn more+

 

HOSPITAL UNIVERSITARIO SAN VICENTE DE PAUL
 


Rio Negro, Colombia
LEED NC Silver
Acute Care Hospital

Designed out of our Miami office, this 260-bed facility has the distinction of being the 1st LEED-certified hospital in all of South America. Learn more+

EINSTEIN MEDICAL CENTER MONTGOMERY


East Norriton, Pennsylvania
LEED NC Silver
Acute Care Hospital 

Designed out of New York, this 146-bed acute care hospital opened in 2012. Learn more+

SPAULDING REHABILITATION HOSPITAL
 


Boston, Massachusetts 
LEED NC Gold

Acute Care / Rehabilitation Hospital 

A collaboration between our Boston and Chicago offices, the new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital is a groundbreaking acute care and rehabilitation facility that redefines the meaning of inclusive design.  

Click here to learn more about the opening this week. 

 

BONUS: We learned our other St. Mary’s Project – a Hospital and Renovation project is tracking LEED Gold, so please enjoy!

ST. MARY’S HOSPITAL EXPANSION and RENOVATION


Sechelt, British Colombia 
LEED NC Gold Tracking
Community Hospital

Designed by our Vancouver Office, this facility opened this year. Learn more+

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