Medical Construction & Design

SEP-OCT 2014

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Page 49 of 78 September/October 2014 | Medical Construction & Design 45 preventing unnecessary duplication of services. Building within a neighborhood with at least 10 supporting services — from grocery stores and dry cleaners to the post offi ce and drug stores — provides a synergistic relationship between local merchants and the hospital. Providing amenities such as bicycle racks and priority parking for low-emitting and fuel-effi cient vehicles reduces carbon emissions. The hospital encourages healthy lifestyles among employees, while reducing carbon emissions and traffi c congestion. The addition of charging stations would enhance this effect. Creating a connection to the outdoors with the central healing "oasis" provides patients and staff a place of repose, refl ection and rehabilitation. The abundance of native, adaptive non-invasive plantings and the use of high-albedo materials to construct the parking garage addition, highly refl ective white roofs and future vegetative green roofs, help reduce the heat island effect that would have come from extensive surface parking. Materials To minimize the environmental impact of hospital waste on the environment, a user-friendly, single-stream recycling program for staff and patients was implemented. With the single-stream method, all recyclables are collected in one place, simplifying the collection process and making it easier for all employees, visitors and patients to participate. To further reduce the effect of waste on the environment, 95 percent of the construction waste was reused, recycled or diverted from a landfi ll. This represents ap- proximately 3,153 tons of construction material. This is a percent- age that is rarely achieved and gives the project an exemplary performance credit toward LEED certifi cation. Indoor air quality Providing a high level of indoor environmental quality is important for all inhabitants. By increasing the airfl ow rate using variable air volume controls and closely monitoring CO2, the hospital can more accurately control the levels of fresh air to re-circulated air ratios. This provides better indoor air quality. During construction, buildings aren't always protected from the elements. Great care was taken to protect absorptive material from moisture, minimizing mold growth. Low-emitting interior materials were selected to minimize harmful emissions from paint, adhesives, sealants, fl ooring systems and compos- ite woods. In an effort to enhance patient and staff comfort, individual temperature and light controls were implemented throughout the facility. The efforts used by Danbury Hospital are more than good environmental practices; from an energy-use perspective, they have major effect on the bottom line and will reduce operating costs by approximately 36 percent annually. ■ Gregory J. Bergmiller, LEED AP, is an associate principal, LEED specialist and sustainability expert for The S/L/A/M Collaborative, Inc. Daniel J. Fenyn, AIA, is an associate principal and healthcare market sector leader for The S/L/A/M Collaborative, Inc. For more information, visit Maxxon offers complete flooring solutions ideal to meet the demands and concerns of a modern healthcare facility, such as: MOISTURE – Protect your flooring investment from moisture with Maxxon DPM or Maxxon MVP. SOUND CONTROL – Where quiet areas are important for healing and privacy, Acousti-Mat Superior Sound Control Systems offer comprehensive sound control. DURABILITY – Topped with Level-Right Self-Leveling Underlayment, Maxxon provides a strong, smooth floor system able to receive virtually any finished floor good. PEACE OF MIND – GREENGUARD Gold Certified Maxxon products are safe for all environments, even the most critical. © 2014 Maxxon ® Corporation, all rights reserved. Learn more: 800-356-7887 t FLOORS MATTER FROM THE HUSTLE OF THE ER TO THE QUIET OF THE NICU,

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