Medical Construction & Design

SEP-OCT 2014

Medical Construction & Design (MCD) is the industry's leading source for news and information and reaches all disciplines involved in the healthcare construction and design process.

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Page 45 of 78 September/October 2014 | Medical Construction & Design 41 T he practice of sustainable design was initiated nearly 50 years ago by landscape architects who focused on design respectful of the natural en- vironment and a balanced ecology. This was followed by a national wake-up call to conserve energy caused by the 1970s' "oil crisis," which was largely economically and politically driven. Fast forward to the new millennium; we now understand the importance of the global need for sustainable design and self-suffi ciency to maintain a healthy planet. The toolbox of innovative methods, materials and equipment continues to increase at a rapid rate, as do the uses for them. Today, sustainable design has advanced beyond organizational needs, to adding value and enhancing community viability. Hospitals such as Danbury Hospital, a member of the Western Connecticut Health Network, already stewards of patient well-being, are taking on the additional responsibility of helping to maintain, and add to, the well-being of their communities. Danbury Hospital's new 300,000-square-foot Peter and Carmen LĂșcia Buck Pavilion was envisioned to enable the hospital to transform the performance, experience and perception of the overall institution. Through years of due diligence in its sustainability efforts, the hospital was able to include more advanced sustainability efforts in this patient tower, which will extend to the community at large. sustainable green Danbury Hospital's new patient tower offers sustainable solutions to benefi t community By Gregory J. Bergmiller & Daniel J. Fenyn Photos by Paul Burk

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