Medical Construction & Design

SEP-OCT 2014

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58 Medical Construction & Design | September/October 2014 mcdmag.com emergency department, family centered services and amenities, a healing garden and effi ciently designed "neighbor- hoods" of rooms that reduce noise and provide a more effi cient clinical care environment. A fi ve-story, light-fi lled, multi-purpose atrium entrance is acces- sible from the 188-space underground parking garage. A rooftop helipad with direct access to critical care and operat- ing rooms improves care for the sickest children. With the goal of becoming LEED Silver certifi ed, it made sense to incor- porate sustainable elements wherever possible. Key guidelines recommended measures for conserving natural re- sources, such as water, and reducing impacts on developed and undeveloped land. And considering the original estate was fully self-suffi cient with orchards, vegetable gardens, a dairy herd, beef cattle, greenhouses and even a backup power plant, further integrating the hos- pital and mansion in this way is a fi tting tribute to the legacy of Alfred I. duPont. sustainable green The Mansion & Gardens require as much as 40,000 gallons of water a day in its most demanding month, July, to support the garden irrigation and aesthetic needs of the various pools and fountains. This 450,000-square-foot expansion of the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children features large, single-patient rooms, a new emergency department, family centered services and amenities, a healing garden and effi ciently designed "neighborhoods" of rooms that reduce noise.

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