Monday, June 16, 2014
Tradition Medical Center Achieves LEED Gold Certification
Tradition Medical Center in Port St. Lucie was designed as an innovative, state-of-the art hospital. Less than six months after Martin Health System opened the doors of Tradition Medical Center in December 2013, the 90-bed acute care hospital received recognition for an environmentally friendly “green” building with the LEED gold certification.
LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.
“We designed Tradition Medical Center to provide the most efficient, effective and comfortable care possible to patients and their families,” said Mark Robitaille, president and chief executive officer of Martin Health. “However, we also recognized the value of creating an environmentally and economically sustainable facility that would have a positive impact on the communities we serve.”
Tradition Medical Center was designed to provide maximum energy and water efficiency, but also used building materials that were recognized as being more environmentally friendly. A concerted effort was also made to reduce the amount of construction waste.
The results were significant:
• Tradition Medical Center utilizes 43 percent less light energy than a comparable hospital
• The hospital is 31 percent more water efficient than LEED baseline
• 20 percent of all building materials used were recycled
• 2,327 tons of construction waste was diverted to the landfill
To attain LEED certification, building projects earn points for satisfying specific green building criteria. Within each of the seven LEED credit categories, projects must satisfy particular prerequisites and earn points. Gold certification is the second-highest category, with 60-79 points required.According to the U.S. Green Building Council, “LEED-certified projects blend environmental, economic, and occupant-oriented performance. They cost less to operate and maintain; are energy- and water-efficient; are healthier and safer for occupants; and are a physical demonstration of the values of the organizations that own and occupy them.”
Earning LEED certification was a result of numerous organizations and individuals, including: Balfour Beatty Construction, HKS Architects, KLMK Group and TLC Engineering for Architecture.
“We are incredibly proud to receive this award and what it represents,” said Rob Lord, senior vice president and chief operating officer, who was responsible for oversight of construction at Tradition Medical Center. “It truly was a team effort of everyone involved in the creation of this hospital.”
About Martin Health System: Martin Health System is a not-for-profit, community-based health care organization that has served the region for 75 years. It offers a continuum of care including preventive, primary and acute hospital care, as well as cancer and cardiac care, wellness and rehabilitation services. Its approximately 3,700 associates, nearly 400 affiliated physicians and 850 volunteers provide care at 13 different locations serving Martin and St. Lucie counties. To learn more, visit martinhealth.org.
Media Contact: Donna Murphy, Communications Specialist