Medical Construction & Design

SEP-OCT 2014

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mcdmag.com September/October 2014 | Medical Construction & Design 51 without industry data to validate our experience, these early suc- cesses could be considered anecdotal. The LEED fi ndings coming out of the CII database refl ect the experience of roughly 50 projects — statistically signifi cant information, but nevertheless preliminary. The idea that LEED hospitals and medical offi ce buildings could be signifi cantly cheaper to build than non-LEED projects goes against conven- tional wisdom, but the information is so promising and compel- ling, we are on the edge of our seats waiting to see if, with more data from more projects, the results hold true. The truth is we've found that unless LEED is included from the beginning as an integral part of the design and acquisition process, there can be an adverse cost impact, losing valuable opportunities to make sustainable choices. That's why Kaiser Permanente offers LEED training to everyone from real estate managers to facility engineers. Everyone is in the habit of think- ing about buildings more holistically. It sets up project directors to hire and manage contractors effectively and to require LEED solutions as part of the bidding proposals. Let's face it, turning the tide on the long-held notion that green buildings cost more is a process. Having industry data that suggests otherwise is needed to build momentum for healthier buildings of all kinds, and to encourage owners to measure building decisions not only by economic value, but also the effect on people and the environment. The CII database will raise the sophistication of conversations with contractors, as well as with board of directors who scruti- nize and approve every large capital project. This information will greatly assist the industry and other participating healthcare organizations to: > Assess the credibility of estimates > Compare the impact of project-delivery processes and market conditions > Incorporate best practices to support continuous improvement Additionally, architects and contractors can use the database to stay competitive. Effective benchmarking leads to better performance, includ- ing reduced costs and faster project delivery. With healthcare spending consuming nearly 18 cents of every U.S. dollar, the industry has a responsibility to manage capital investments wisely, and build world-class hos- pitals at the lowest possible cost to consumers. The CII database costs nothing to use, but to obtain information organizations must fi rst provide data regarding healthcare facility projects completed in the last fi ve years. The project-specifi c information is safeguarded by CII and not revealed to other participants. The CII database will only get better as more organizations participate and add projects. More than 20 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and medical offi ce buildings from around the country have been submitted. The more input provided, the more useful the output will become. ■ Ramé Hemstreet is vice president of national facilities services operations and national sustainable resource offi cer at Kaiser Permanente. To learn more about the National Health Care Benchmarking project, visit healthcarebenchmarking.org or contact info@health carebenchmarking.org. There's a lot more to motorized window shades than up and down. Consider what counts: Quiet, powerful operation, precise shade alignment, smooth integration, convenient—even automated—control options, energy savings, and occupant comfort. mechosystems.com/WhisperShade

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