SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center nation’s first to receive LEED-HC certification

Staff Report

SwedishAmerican Health System has announced its Regional Cancer Center is the nation’s first cancer center to receive LEED for Healthcare (LEED-HC) certification.

The new free-standing outpatient center, which opened in October 2013, was constructed in collaboration with UW Health and its nationally-recognized University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center.

Project partners included Saavedra Gehlhausen Architects, Eckenhoff Saunders Architects and Ringland-Johnson Construction. The center is at 3535 N. Bell School Road, Rockford.

Administered by the Green Building Certification Institute, LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health, including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. LEED for Healthcare (LEED-HC) is designed to guide and distinguish high-performance health care projects.

Project highlights

• Of the 292 tons of construction waste generated from the project, 234 tons (80 percent) were diverted from landfills.

• For all material used on the project, excluding owner furniture, 68 percent was sourced sustainably.

• The facility uses 20 percent less water than a “baseline” building design of similar size and occupancy.

• A “daylight and views” design effort maximizes utilization of natural light and provides building occupants with a connection to the outdoors through a curtain wall system.

One challenge associated with the project was how new LEED-HC is to the industry. “The LEED for Healthcare Rating System has a uniqueness and ‘pilot-like’ feel for many project teams,” said Nathan Feigel, project engineer at Ringland-Johnson Construction. “There is significantly less historical data, direct experience and involvement with LEED-HC than there is with LEED New Construction (LEED-NC). Healthcare buildings often have strict requirements, so incorporating the more commonly used LEED-NC Rating System can be difficult for certain criteria.”

Glenn Evans, SwedishAmerican’s director of facility planning, design and construction, added: “This distinctive certification demonstrates SwedishAmerican Health System’s commitment to providing our community with a safe and environmentally-friendly facility where occupants can receive treatment and work. All who were a part of this project should take pride in this accomplishment.”

More about the Regional Cancer Center is available at http://www.swedishamerican.org/services/cancer_care/.

The SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center offers outpatient services such as medical oncology, chemotherapy and infusion; advanced radiation therapy; and medical imaging at one location. Patients have access to the latest clinical trials offered by the UW Carbone Cancer Center. In addition, a full complement of holistic and support services ensures the very best treatment experience. Inpatient services include a private 10-room oncology unit at SwedishAmerican Hospital.

From the Feb. 12-18, 2014, issue

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