LEED BD+C: New Construction v2.2
Meadows Home Long Term Care
Las Vegas, NM 87701
LEED Gold 2013
These achievements provide a clear example to future projects in this region, and nationwide, that sustainability and healthcare are synergistic
Situated on the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute’s campus, this project is phase one of a 3-phase, State-funded project that will eventually replace two existing facilities on campus. This 50,000 s.f. facility provides skilled nursing and long term care accommodations for 36 residents, including those with dementia and behavioral health needs. It also includes common areas to serve the full build-out of 180-beds. The project's most significant success was in eliminating potable water consumption for irrigation by 100% through the installation of two underground cisterns that store rainwater for reuse.
Energy efficiency was also a priority. Recognizing that not all areas of the building operate 24/7, a design emerged that clearly divided the nursing from non-nursing areas, allowing the mechanical and plumbing systems to be separately managed to maximize energy efficiency – taking full advantage of setbacks in unoccupied areas. Careful placement and sizing of windows resulted in well daylit spaces with a mere 16% window-to-gross wall ratio, increasing the average exterior wall R-value while providing natural lighting and connections to nature for occupants. The insulated concrete form (ICF) construction provides a continuous air barrier and helps to keep temperatures more consistent throughout the space, improving thermal comfort for the vulnerable resident population. Thoughtful space planning and individual dimming controls in each bedroom allow residents to select lighting levels appropriate to their own needs, separately from those of their roommates. These and other lighting controls, high-efficiency ballasts, time clocks, and LED accent lighting resulted in an interior lighting design that was 22% better than ASHRAE while maintaining the desired functionality and residential feel. Operable windows, individual room thermostats and diverse outdoor courtyard spaces further support occupant preferences. Other significant metrics include 30% interior water-use reduction, 27% regional materials, 26% recycled content and 65% FSC-certified wood. These achievements provide a clear example to future projects in this region, and nationwide, that sustainability and healthcare are synergistic.