Medical Construction & Design

SEP-OCT 2014

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mcdmag.com September/October 2014 | Medical Construction & Design 43 of its domestic hot water. By using natural gas instead of coal and diesel, emissions are signifi cantly reduced. Continuing the effort to reduce impact on the environment, refrigerants with low-ozone depleting properties are used for cooling and refrigeration equipment. In the new addition, a high-performance glazing system is tuned to the exposures. For instance, the western exposure is treated with a special form of etching called "fritting" to reduce heat gain potential, while maintaining the view to the outdoors. The new cogeneration plant will also pay for itself in energy savings in less than fi ve years. The result is the building's energy performance is 37 percent better than if it was built to baseline building-code requirements. Water Fresh water is critical to survival, and hospitals use a lot of it. In an effort to put less strain on the local water supply, as directed by local offi cials, the hospital installed water-conserving toilets, urinals and low-fl ow faucets, which equate to 2,337,033 fewer gallons of water used annually — a 58.42 percent savings. Other opportunities healthcare facilities can take advantage of to save water include capturing stormwater and reusing cooling tower condensate. Site Creating a focal point to establish the new hospital entrance and unify the entire facility, in addition to providing a calm and wel- coming environment, was the catalyst for the tower's entry de- sign. Healing gardens are often used to enhance interior views. In this case a healing garden centerpiece sets the stage. The surrounding neighbor- hood was protected from the effects of the new construction with the implementation of erosion- and sedimentation- control measures. A permanent stormwater fi ltration system removes particulates and protects streams and adja- cent bodies of water in the surrounding community. This feature provides long-term ben- efi ts to the environment. By building in an urban environment, the institution saves greenfi elds from development. The new tower increased the hospital's square footage by about a third, to 1.1 million square feet, without changing existing campus boundaries. The facility is supporting the local economy, making good use of the existing infrastructure and unistrutconstruction.com U.S.: 800-468-9510 CAN: 800-267-4959 UMS UNISTRUT ® MODULAR SUPPORT UMS benefits include: s-AXLOADBEFOREYIELDFAILUREAT FTLBS s)NDEPENDENTLYTESTED s0ATENT0ENDING s2EDUCEDONSITEFABRICATION s$ECREASEDJOBSITELABORANDHOURS s%ASILYADJUSTABLEONSITE s3MALLERFOOTPRINTNOEXTERNAL BRACINGREQUIRED s%NHANCEDPORTABILITYANDEASE OFSHIPPING Substantial labor savings over typical boom support systems Contact your Unistrut Construction representative for complete details. A versatile solution for today's healthcare needs

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