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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42 Medical Construction & Design | September/October 2014 It was important to the hospital to take a holistic approach to the new building's design — looking at the value to patients, employees and the community — and incorporate multiple amenities and functionality that will provide long-term benefi ts. The hospital, a private entity, is not held to the same Connecticut High Performance Standards for sustainability that public construction projects require. However, as part of its sustainability strategy, it chose to exceed the standards required by the state and pursue LEED Gold certifi cation. Sustainability initiatives, defi ned by the U.S. Green Building Council, include: Energy As part of the hospital's master plan, an onsite cogeneration power plant was constructed. The plant will reduce the demand on the local power grid by generating 80 percent — the equivalent of 7,221,211 pounds of coal burned — of the hospital's electrical demand and all sustainable green The centerpiece of the new entry is the "oasis," a place for patient, staff and family respite. Top: Radiant fl ooring in the lobby creates a comfortable environment in a welcoming space.

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