Methodist Olive Branch Hospitalleads the way in building green. The hospital is the first in-patient healthcare facility in the United States to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Healthcare Gold Certification. Methodist Olive Branch is also one of six LEED for Healthcare certified facilities in the world and one of three in the United States. The LEED for Healthcare certification is a new designation that began in January 2012. It was developed to encourage increased performance criteria specific to hospitals.
“It is important that we take responsibility in how we utilize the resources that have been entrusted to us,” said David Baytos, CEO for Methodist Olive Branch Hospital. “By building responsibly we are helping to ensure a healthy world for our children and future generations to come.”
LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification program designed to promote sustainable design and construction practices. To earn LEED certification, companies must complete the USGBC’s (U.S. Green Building Council) demanding third-party review process that examines five green design categories: sustainable site, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environment quality. Methodist partnered with engineering and LEED consultants at Smith Seckman Reid, architects at Gresham, Smith and Partners, and construction firm Turner to achieve LEED certification for Olive Branch.
“We are honored to be part of this project and team,” said Eric Sheffer, LEED AP BD+C, Smith Seckman Reid. “Methodist’s commitment to building a healthier and more sustainable facility and the project team’s implementation of that vision is something to really be commended.”
Some of the sustainable measures Methodist Olive Branch used include:
- Geothermal heat pumps with 200 wells300 feet deep. The pumps use the ground as a heat sink to cool and heat the hospital. This is a much more efficient way to heat and cool buildings than the traditional equipment used.
- View Dynamic Glass tints as needed as the sun shines on it, allowing light in and at the same time reducing heat, ultraviolet light and glare.
- At least 75% of all construction waste was diverted from landfills and sent to recycling facilities.
- A large percentage of materials used for construction were made of recycled materials and building materials that were used came from within a 500 mile radius of the hospital.
- Low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints were used along with no urea formaldehyde wood.
- With two wetlands on the site, the site itself presented a challenge and the initial plan was changed to skew the axis in order to take advantage of solar orientation, views, and to not disturb the wetlands.
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