Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital is seeking Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification for Willson Hospice House, the 31,500 square foot project on 210 acres of land being developed at 320 Foundation Lane.
This project will focus on a point system of “green initiatives” and Project Manager Robert Ward says being “green” could be the new way of work for building construction.
“When you first research it there’s a lot involved in the process, but the more you study it and look at it – it just makes good sense,” said Ward.
One of the many requirements of a LEED building is recycling. The goal for the Willson Hospice House is to recycle 75 percent of materials. This not only helps the environment, but Phoebe is taking measures to give back to the community.
“Mulch has been used for the mile and a half walking trails throughout the site. We also sent a large quantity over to Proctor and Gamble for them to use as bio-fuels, which creates energy for them. A local landscaper also used it for erosion control on a site that’s just about a mile down the road,” said Ward.
Partnerships will also be made throughout the community, which will enhance community outreach and education about Hospice.
“The Boy Scouts, local garden clubs, colleges and non-profits are among some that will be invited to utilize the resources Phoebe is providing for the community,” said David Smith, KLMK Group program manager. “Some of the resources will be the conservation land, board room and nature trails.”
Once the Willson Hospice House doors open early summer of 2010, the “green initiatives” will continue as part of being LEED certified. Some of those initiatives will include water efficient systems to ease the burden on local and state water supply, a recycling program and a thermal comfort survey.
Through the use of energy efficient heating ventilation and cooling systems, Energy Star rated appliances, use of natural lighting and an energy efficient building structure, Phoebe projects to save between 20-25 percent on annual energy costs.
“In addition to being water and energy efficient, patients, staff and visitors will be able see, touch and feel the benefits of a LEED certified building from day to day,” said Smith.
Patients will have the ability to take advantage of the natural surroundings with French doors opening onto a back patio. Staff will have places of respite and showers available if they choose to run or bike to work, and patient visitors and community members can enjoy the walking trails and many educational opportunities established throughout the Willson Hospice House site.