Part of the renovation project at Katz Women's Hospital, a 73-bed facility attached to North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System's 812-bed North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, N.Y., has earned LEED platinum certification, the highest rating possible in the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.
North Shore-LIJ facility earns LEED platinum certification
Platinum certification was awarded to the facility's renovated third floor, and the same is expected for renovations on the fourth floor, said Neil Rosen, North Shore-Long Island Jewish's director of sustainable development. The fifth floor—which is new construction—is expected to be rated gold, which is the next-highest level of LEED certification, a system that awards points for environmentally friendly construction practices and environmentally sustainable operations.
Rosen noted that Katz Women's is the oldest building on the North Shore University campus and was built “circa 1951.” The Stantec-designed renovation will result in 18.6% less energy being used than was consumed in 2004, and it's projected that the third floor's energy bill will be $11,200 less each year, Rosen said.
According to a North Shore-Long Island Jewish news release, all appliances and computer equipment will meet the Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star certification requirements and more than 75% of the renovation's construction waste was recycled,
Rosen said the system has a policy that any construction project costing more than $1 million will be built to at least LEED silver standards. The original goal on the Katz renovation was to achieve LEED gold certification with a few extra points as a cushion, Rosen explained. But, as work progressed, platinum certification appeared achievable, so they went for it.
“We figured, if we were going to do it, let's get the first one right to build momentum for other projects,” Rosen said, adding there are 52 other projects that the system will be seeking LEED certification for.
It is only the third hospital project in the nation to receive platinum certification. The first was the Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, Austin, which opened in July 2007 and was certified platinum in March 2009. The next was Kiowa County Memorial Hospital, Greensburg, Kan., which was certified platinum last March after opening in March 2010. The original Kiowa County hospital was destroyed by a tornado on May 4, 2007.
There are only five other healthcare-related organizations whose facilities have achieved LEED platinum certification: Baltimore Medical Systems' Highlandtown Healthy Living Center, Mint Dental Works in Portland, Ore.; Oregon Health & Science University's Center for Health and Healing, William F. Ryan Community Health Center, N.Y., and Utah Valley Planned Parenthood, Orem, Utah.
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