Methodist Olive Branch Hospital Earns Award from Construction Owners Association of America

Published On 11/07/2013

Nashville, Tenn. — Methodist Olive Branch Hospital (MOBH) recently earned a Project Leadership Gold Award from the Construction Owners Association of America (COAA). The Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) team, consisting of Gresham, Smith and Partners, Smith Seckman Reid (SSR) and Turner Construction, nominated project owner Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare for the award, which recognizes owners for excellence in project delivery, leadership and management.

“Using the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) method was key to the success of building Methodist Olive Branch,” said David Baytos, CEO for Methodist Olive Branch. “We worked with the designer, engineer and contractor in cross-discipline teams to coordinate scope, schedule and budget and develop a state-of-the-art, sustainable hospital for the residents of Olive Branch, Miss. and its surrounding communities.”

With the IPD method in place, designers, contractors and engineers jointly handled quality and cost management, ultimately finishing under budget and ahead of a fast-track 23-month schedule without sacrificing quality. The IPD structure also facilitated a cohesive green design strategy in keeping with Methodist’s commitment to sustainability. As a result, MOBH is on track to become the first hospital in the world to earn the LEED Gold for Healthcare certification and will realize approximately $300,000 in annual energy savings.

 “The Integrated Project Delivery structure was an important part of this project’s success, as it promoted an exceptional level of collaboration, trust and accountability between Methodist, GS&P, SSR, and Turner,” explained GS&P Principal Greg Gore, AIA, NCARB. “Methodist had the vision to seek out an IPD team for their hospital, and they were also very committed to sustainable design. That vision, and their team’s exceptional leadership, made this project rewarding for all involved, and created an excellent resource for the entire region. The COAA recognition is a testament to that success and to the whole team’s dedication.”

The 100-bed, 210,000 square-foot hospital opened to the public on August 26, 2013. In addition to being on track to receive LEED Gold certification, MOBH is tracking an Energy Star rating of 95 and has an Energy Use Intensity (EUI) of 124 kBtu per square foot, versus 245 kBtu per square foot for a typical hospital. Notable sustainable features include a geothermal heat pump HVAC system and photoelectric glass in the two-story lobby. Manufactured locally, this glass minimizes heat gain by adjusting its tint to current sunlight levels. 

About Methodist Healthcare

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH) is an integrated health care delivery system based in Memphis, Tenn.  Founded in 1918 by The United Methodist Church to help meet the growing needs for quality health care in the Mid-South, MLH has grown from one hospital into an eight-hospital system that also includes a home health agency, ambulatory surgery centers, outpatient facilities and physician practices serving the Memphis and Mid-South area.

Methodist was recently named the best hospital in Memphis by U.S. News and World Report, the #2 hospital in Tennessee, and #49 nationally in nephrology.  Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has consistently been named one of the Top 100 Integrated Healthcare Networks in the country.

Affiliated with the Memphis, Mississippi and Arkansas Conferences of The United Methodist Church, Methodist Healthcare combines a dedication to the art of healing with a Christ-centered commitment to minister to the whole person.

The Memphis hospitals are licensed as one and with 1,765 licensed beds and about 60,000 inpatient admissions, Methodist is the third largest hospital in the country.  With 11,000 associates, Methodist is the second largest private employer in Memphis.  Methodist Le Bonheur’s major areas of focus are: cardiology, oncology, neurosciences, transplant, and pediatrics. For more information visit

About Gresham, Smith and Partners:
Gresham, Smith and Partners provide design and consulting solutions for the built environment that contribute to the success of national and international clients. For more than 45 years, GS&P has focused on enhancing quality of life and sustainability within our communities. GS&P consists of industry-leading professionals practicing architecture and engineering design as well as scientists and highly specialized strategic and management consultants in Aviation, Corporate and Urban Design, Environmental Services, Federal, Healthcare, Industrial, Land Planning, Transportation and Water Resources. GS&P consistently ranks among the top architecture and engineering firms in the world. For more information regarding GS&P, visit