July 09, 2014 | | Projects
Gresham, Smith and Partners, a leading multi-disciplinary design and consulting firm for the built environment, announces that Methodist Olive Branch Hospital (MOBH) in Olive Branch, Miss., has received LEED for Healthcare Gold certification, making it the first inpatient facility in the United States to earn this distinction. The 210,000 square-foot, 100-bed, full-service hospital offers Northern Mississippi residents state-of-the-art healthcare in a sustainable setting that features several energy-saving innovations rarely seen in U.S. hospitals. The facility was designed and constructed by an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) team comprised of GS&P, Smith Seckman Reid, Inc. (SSR), Turner Construction Company and Methodist Le Bonheur.
“It was essential that the Olive Branch community be provided with the top-quality, cutting-edge care they deserve. We are proud to have earned LEED for Healthcare Gold certification which is now an added symbol of our commitment to creating an innovative, sustainable facility that will provide social and economic benefits for the community for years to come,” commented David Rosenbaum, vice president, Facility Management, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.
The desired goal of the project was to design an energy-efficient hospital that reflected Methodist Healthcare’s commitment to sustainability as well as a facility that can easily adapt to the ever-changing nature of healthcare. To achieve Gold-level certification, numerous sustainable strategies were employed. Highlighted attributes include:
• Siting the building in a manner to address a protected, blue-line stream and two wetlands located on the site. The axis of the building was skewed in order to take advantage of solar orientation and views.
• Use of a dynamic, photoelectric glaze that can transition from clear to a variable tint at the touch of a button, enabling operators to instantaneously reduce glare and solar gain. The glaze, which is produced by local manufacturers, was installed in the hospital's two-story lobby to minimize the energy needed to heat and cool the large atrium space.
• 211 geothermal heat pumps were installed throughout the building, including one in each patient room. The pumps take advantage of the earth's natural heat sink and use water to distribute heat throughout the facility – a strategy which is seven times more efficient than air at carrying heat.
• Utilization of LED lighting throughout entire space to support energy efficiency and reduce operating costs. Together, the innovative energy-saving strategies incorporated into the facility exceeded the hospital goals for energy reduction by earning an ENERGY STAR rating of 93, reflecting a 33-percent reduction in energy use.
“We are honored to have helped Methodist Olive Branch Hospital earn this certification and industry first,” said GS&P Principal Greg Gore, AIA, NCARB. “Not only does this facility provide the region with excellent care, the innovative design and construction solutions have helped to demonstrate cutting-edge sustainable strategies that can be used in healthcare facilities throughout the country.”