Medical Construction & Design

SEP-OCT 2014

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Page 63 of 78 September/October 2014 | Medical Construction & Design 59 Nature aids process The plan called for installing three cis- terns on the hospital grounds. When the system is complete, some mechanical fi ltering will occur in the cisterns and then the water will be pumped into two above- ground bio-retention pools that can hold a combined 100,000 gallons. There, a natural system using plants will fi lter and remove heavy metals and some materials from the water. It will actually be cleaner when released than when part of a rain- storm. The system will help recharge the immediate aquifi er and integrate modern sustainable technology with the integrity and beauty of the landscape. "By harvesting rainwater runoff from the Nemours Hospital parking lots and roofs, the Mansion & Gardens will be able to use these onsite water resourc- es to help reduce their dependence on the municipal water supply and provide alternative green solutions for managing stormwater throughout the grounds," says Geoff Anderson, asso- ciate, LEED AP, with Rodney Robinson Landscape Architects, Inc. The reality is all the water cannot be stored, so the plan for this project is to store to capacity and use. Also, it must be cleaned before being used to irrigate the lush grounds — think of the salt, oil and other detritus on macadam. Designed so the grounds will have water to use during the driest month, a retention and reclamation zone is being installed. This is a sophisticated system but simple in its execution. It will enable the estate to purchase less water and optimize operational and maintenance practices. The cisterns are in place, and construction of the bio-retention pools is pending county approval. Construc- tion on this next phase of the project is expected to occur after the fi rst patients occupy the hospital expansion in Octo- ber. An additional bio-fi ltration system is being planned that will further connect the reclamation project to existing water bodies within the gardens. Dr. Robert Lyons, professor emeritus and former director of Longwood Gradu- ate Program at the University of Dela- ware, says it well, "This is a great way to have a Delaware icon, our children's hospital, combine emerging green tech- nology with its landscape; think of it as 'green maintenance,' and it speaks well for a sustainable future." ■ Steven Maurer is public and media relations manager for Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. Completed in 1910, the Mansion & Gardens pay homage to Alfred I. duPont's French family heritage. Set amid 222 acres with 47,000 square feet of fl oor space, it is one of the grandest houses constructed in Delaware. Peace of Mind Safe and beautiful options for behavioral health facilities At Corbin Russwin, our full range of behavioral health hardware provides a safer environment with appealing aesthetics and the durability needed for healthcare applications. Hardware solutions like the integrated BHSS trim, approved for use in high risk areas, keep the focus on healing and deliver the safety features you demand. Transform the patient experience while you transform lives, with Corbin Russwin. Scan the tag or visit the web site below for more information. ML2000 Mortise Lock with BHSS Trim ML2000 Mortise Lock with BLSS Trim ML2000 Mortise Lock with HPSK Trim ML2000 Mortise Lock with HSS Trim Get the free mobile app at

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