The health care industry is increasingly turning its attention to the effects of buildings on the wellness of patients, staff and visitors. LEED offers project teams working on health care facilities the opportunity to embed health-focused outcomes in building design.
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, is committed to sustainable building design, with three LEED buildings: two Silver and one Gold. The hospital was founded in 1952 with a mission to give every child the opportunity to enjoy a healthier and safer life. Its decision to pursue LEED stems from a commitment to make the spaces their patients inhabit as energy-efficient and socially responsible as possible. Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center is the fifth LEED-certified children’s hospital in the United States.
Located in the heart of the Memphis Medical District Collaborative, Le Bonheur is a part of the Methodist Healthcare Family and serves as the teaching hospital for The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Department of Pediatrics. The 2017 LEED Silver Faculty Office Building is the newest addition to the campus, providing around 200 offices for physicians, fellows and medical residents.
A focus on integrated design
The Faculty Office Building’s design team used an Integrated Design approach that ultimately allowed the project to be completed ahead of schedule and under budget. The project focused on high standards for indoor air quality and lighting to ensure a healthy space for staff.
The inclusion of a fully networked, digital lighting control system with occupancy and daylight sensors allows occupants to maximize energy savings. The HVAC system includes high-efficiency rooftop units, terminal units and condensing boilers. The condensing boilers and water heating system can adjust supply temperatures based on outdoor conditions, allowing the boiler to operate more efficiently. The site was designed to allow for more accessible walking paths between the Faculty Office Building and other areas of the Le Bonheur campus.
Recognition from Memphis Light Gas and Water and USGBC
The Le Bonheur Faculty Office Building was recognized by Memphis Gas Light and Water and USGBC through a grant opportunity that honors projects in Shelby County, Tennessee, receiving a LEED certification. This past spring, Le Bonheur, MLGW and USGBC all participated in a ceremony and sustainable features building tour to present the grant award.
Project teams working on LEED for new construction projects in Shelby County can submit an application to be considered for these grant awards. Funds are available on a first-certified, first-served basis.