GS&P-Designed Bascom Palmer Naples Facility Earns LEED Gold Certification

Water and Energy Efficiency Were Key Elements of Design

January 31, 2017   |   Miami,  Fla.   |   Projects

Gresham, Smith and Partners announces Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at Naples, a GS&P-designed patient care and ambulatory surgery center, has earned LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The 21,200 square-foot facility opened in 2015 as the flagship Gulf Coast location for Bascom Palmer’s internationally recognized ophthalmology practice. 

“Sustainability is a key element of GS&P’s approach to value added design,” said Luis Cano, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC, senior vice president at Gresham, Smith and Partners. “With water and energy efficiency as key drivers, we designed this leading-edge eye care facility to achieve a minimum certification of LEED Silver. I’m proud of the innovative and creative solutions our team developed to exceed the project’s sustainability goals and earn LEED Gold. We look forward to applying the lessons learned here in future work with Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and other clients.”
 
Highlights of the project’s sustainable design include:
  • 74 percent reduction of conventional water consumption through low-flow plumbing fixtures, drought resistant native landscaping and the harvesting and reuse of rainwater and gray water
  • Large windows, daylights sensors and automated systems that adjust window shading and interior lighting as the day progresses
  • 95 percent of the lighting features are high efficiency LED lamps
  • Efficient HVAC systems that reuse exhaust heat to lower energy consumption
  • 76 percent of all on-site construction debris was diverted from the landfill
  • Use of locally-sourced materials and resources, including carpet, concrete, metal and glass
  • More than 50 percent of the building’s electricity is sourced from renewable energy
  • Furniture and paint are made from materials with low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) 

The certification process was spearheaded by GS&P Interior Designer Mary Couch, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C, who served as the project’s LEED administrator.
 
In addition to its sustainable elements, the aesthetic aspects Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at Naples’ design were recently recognized with a “Best of Healthcare” award from the International Interior Design Association’s South Florida Chapter. Other recent LEED-certified healthcare facilities designed by the firm include Methodist Olive Branch Hospital and HealthSouth’s Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts.

“With water and energy efficiency as key drivers, we designed this leading-edge eye care facility to achieve a minimum certification of LEED Silver. I’m proud of the innovative and creative solutions our team developed to exceed the project’s sustainability goals and earn LEED Gold.”

Luis Cano, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC, senior vice president, Gresham, Smith and Partners
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