LEED ID+C: Commercial Interiors v2009
MCAMI PET/CT Scan Suite
Willow Grove, PA 19090
LEED Gold 2011
Responsible environmental design can be at odds with the criteria required of diagnostic medical space for compliant protocols and procedures. Through direct understanding of medical procedures balanced with environmental goals the PET/CT is a clear achievement in creating an environment which achieves both goals.
Montgomery County Advanced Medical Imaging (MCAMI) commissioned a new medical office suite at Abington Memorial Hospital with the goal to combine advanced imaging technologies with high-quality patient care. Sustainable design was an integral part of this process. The 2,000 square foot medical office suite is equipped with state-of-the-art PET/CT diagnostic medical imaging equipment. Many of the diagnostic procedures that take place in this office are for staging or diagnosing cancer. Results of these images may be life changing for the patient. It was important for the design to create a comforting atmosphere that would promote patient health and well-being. Upon completion, the MCAMI medical office suite achieved LEED Gold certification under the LEED 2009 for Commercial Interiors Rating System. This is the first LEED certified project at Abington Memorial Hospital. While many healthcare projects consume large amounts of water and energy, the MCAMI medical office suite incorporated many sustainable strategies to conserve natural resources.
Design and construction of the PET/CT imaging suite required thoughtful consideration of the details and spatial requirements for the project to integrate twenty-first century medical technology into an existing mid twentieth century building. Multiple challenges included the relatively small size of the existing suite, the functional program and spatial requirements of the diagnostic medical imaging equipment, and the environmentally responsible engineering requirements for the medical imaging technology (PET/CT scanner). These constraints created design opportunities to generate unique spaces, use of environmentally responsible materials, and integrating energy efficient building systems to meet the performance goals while achieving LEED credits.