LEED BD+C: New Construction v2.1
Denver Health Pavilion for Women and Children
Denver, CO 80204
LEED Silver 2007
Patient health, safety, and well-being were among the projects’ highest priorities in creating a space which would attract new mothers and mothers-to-be, while energy- and resource- efficiency were vital to the responsible use of taxpayer money.
The Denver Health Pavilion for Women and Children is a 4-story, 212,000 SF addition to Denver’s public safety-net hospital, Denver Health Medical Center. Patient health, safety, and well-being were among the projects’ highest priorities in creating a space which would attract new mothers and mothers-to-be, while energy- and resource- efficiency were vital to the responsible use of taxpayer money.
Energy-efficiency started with the envelope, where louvered shading devices and recessed first floor windows were paired with spectrally selective triple-glazing and high r-value roof insulation. The mechanical system includes boilers with modulating burners and high-performance chillers. An additional 7% in energy savings was demonstrated through the purchase of 94.7% Energy Star appliances and equipment.
Inside, low-emitting materials were prioritized to create a healthy space for the newborn babies and other occupants. Low-mercury lamping was installed throughout, and materials such as roller shades and wall coverings were carefully selected to be free of heavy metal toxins. Formaldehyde-free products included cotton insulation and wheatboard casework substrate, while all liquid-applied materials were low-VOC.
To further ensure good indoor air quality, the filtration system efficiency is greater than 95% and provides an active germicidal mechanism that is effective against bio-terror agents such as anthrax, as well as airborne bacteria, molds and other pathogens. The building can utilize 100% outside air during any season and is capable of continued operation in a state of emergency. An atmospheric boundary layer simulation was also commissioned to ensure that the air quality at sensitive locations such as air intakes, plazas, entrances and nearby buildings was maintained.
Anticipated to be the birthplace of nearly 4000 babies each year, the Denver Health Pavilion for Women and Children is built to provide for every need of this vulnerable population, while helping to protect their future.