Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Children’s Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center – Detroit Takes Top Honor for Green Design
||Children’s Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center – Detroit Takes Top Honor For Green Design
DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan, the most experienced pediatric hospital in the state, has announced that its Children’s Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center – Detroit has been awarded LEED-NC v2009 certification. Established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the USGBC’s leading rating system for designing and constructing the world’s greenest, most energy efficient, and highest performing buildings.
To comply with LEED standards and earn healthcare-specific credits, the environment weighed heavily in the equation for architects, engineers and contractors alike in the achievement of green design goals for Children’s Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center – Detroit in five areas: sustainable sites; water efficiency; energy and atmosphere; and indoor environmental quality.
Designed by Shepley Bulfinch and constructed by the joint ventures teams of L.S. Brinker/Barton Malow, some of the green technologies incorporated outside the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center – Detroit include drought resistant landscape plants and grass areas that include rare Michigan hardy plants that won’t require additional water or irrigation after two years. Pervious concrete, used in the parking lots, reduces the volume of storm water run-off entering the City’s sewer system by filtering the water directly through the pavement. Inside, the building has energy efficient appliances, such as a high performance water heater that provides 98 percent thermal efficiency and a high performance boiler system that provides efficiencies of up to 99 percent. Daylight and motion sensors reduce power consumption for lighting and energy saving windows reflect heat in the summer and retain warmth in the winter, saving on heating and cooling costs.
“This building is the first to be built from the ground up as part of Vanguard’s initial investment in the DMC,” says Herman Gray, MD, president, DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan. “This project provided the greatest opportunity to design a building that not only offers care from some of the best pediatric experts in the state, but to also create a structure that gives back to the community through thoughtful, environmentally conscious design for years to come.”
Additional partners in the development the DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center – Detroit included Integrated Design Solutions (mechanical and electrical engineers), Giffel – Webster Engineers (civil and site engineers), and Ehlert/Bryan (structural engineers).
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