LEED BD+C: New Construction v3 - LEED 2009
Jeffco Family Health Services Clinic
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
LEED Gold 2013
Reducing resource use, carbon footprint, and operating costs meant stepping beyond conventional practices, and seeking alternatives that would benefit all of their stakeholders.
Metro Community Provider Network’s (MCPN) new Jeffco Community Health Services Clinic in Wheat Ridge, CO offers medical and dental health services to “at-risk” individuals in the metro Denver community. The new 2-story facility includes five clinical pods – senior/disability care, pediatrics, obstetrics, family practice and extended hours care – as well as a dental suite, and lab. In partnership with the Jefferson Center for Mental Health (JCMH), the Clinic also offers services to foster mental health and support those with mental health challenges.
Recognizing that the construction and operation of their facilities affects both the environment and their ability to serve, MCPN made LEED certification of the new Clinic a priority. Reducing resource use, carbon footprint, and operating costs meant stepping beyond conventional practices, and seeking alternatives that would benefit all of their stakeholders.
A Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) mechanical system is the core of the energy-efficiency of the building. The system was deemed ideal for this type of facility, where hours/days of operation and preferred temperature ranges vary between services, as it is capable of meeting the specific heating and/or cooling demands of different zones simultaneously. Combined with LED parking lighting and efficient traction elevators, the project achieved a 45% reduction in energy use over similar buildings.
Through fixture testing at existing MCPN locations, ultra-low flow plumbing fixture performance was validated by staff and facilities management and specified for the new Jeffco site. The 1.0 gpf water-closets and 0.35 gpm faucets led to a 41% reduction in water use. Outside, the combination of careful plant section and precise controls is projected to reduce landscape water usage by 53%.
While durability was the key criteria for materials selection on the project, the team was also able to document that over 20% of materials contain recycled content, nearly 17% of materials meet regional requirements, and 64% of the wood is FSC-certified. Another aggressive effort was diversion of construction waste from the landfill. The project team documented an impressive 94% total diversion for the project.