Medical Pavilion at Howard County Earns Silver LEED Certification From the U.S. Green Building Council
COLUMBIA, Md., June 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cogdell Spencer ERDMAN is pleased to announce that Medical Pavilion at Howard County has been certified at the LEED Silver level by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, providing third-party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all metrics that matter most: sustainable site solutions, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere optimization, materials and finishes, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. LEED is a point-based system where building projects earn LEED points for satisfying green building criteria. Certification is graded at certified, silver, gold and platinum levels.
"We are overwhelmingly proud to have achieved this recognition. Since the initiation of the project in 2003, the planning committee goal was to build an environmentally friendly green building," explained Michael E. Silverman, M.D., chair, Department of Internal Medicine at Howard County General Hospital, A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. "It just made perfect sense to us, since the green building concept adds to the health and overall well-being of our staff and patients."
Medical Pavilion at Howard County achieved sustainable solutions in the following areas
- Site development to maximize open space
- Stormwater management systems
- Interior and exterior lighting
- Water efficient landscaping
- Water use reduction through low-flow lavatories, kitchen and exam sinks and dual-flush toilets
- Optimizing energy performance
- Construction waste management program
- Use of buildings materials with recycled content
- Building materials sourced from within a 500 mile radius of project location
- Use of wood from suppliers who have received Forest Stewardship Certification
- All indoor adhesive and sealant products comply with VOC criteria
- Indoor paint and coating products comply with GreenSeal and other standards
- Carpeting made from low-emitting materials
- No urea-formaldehyde used in indoor composite wood and agrifiber materials
- Green Housekeeping program reducing the use of toxic chemicals
- Innovative design incorporating an onsite healing garden
A highlight of the project is the healing garden designed to bring beauty and serenity to the cancer center. Healing gardens are a vital aspect of the care environment. The garden is accessible through the campus and the facility, providing a place of respite for users and a sanctuary for patients and their families. A LEED innovation credit was achieved for this amenity.
"Medical Pavilion at Howard County is an excellent example of the healing environments that can be created with the patient in mind, while maintaining stewardship to sustainability," said Scott Ransom, President of Cogdell Spencer ERDMAN.
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