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Metro Health Receives LEED Certification

Posted: January 22, 2009

Metro Health Hospital has received its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED certification, from the U.S. Green Building Council – the only full-service hospital in Michigan and one of the few in the nation to be certified.

The $170-million, 208-bed hospital sits at the center of the 170-acre Metro Health Village, which will be home to more than 40 LEED-certified businesses and organizations when it is completed. The Village is believed to be the first and largest healthcare village in the country comprised entirely of LEED-certified buildings.

Metro Health has also received LEED certification for its neighborhood outpatient center in Hudsonville and its central utility plant.

"We are extremely gratified to be recognized for our efforts to build an environmentally friendly hospital," said Mike Faas, president and CEO of Metro Health. "We took tremendous care in designing and building the new facility to ensure that we were being good stewards of our resources and reducing our footprint.

"By the nature of what we do, hospitals face challenges that most traditional businesses do not when it comes to environmental responsibility. Our entire design and construction team is to be commended for developing creative yet cost-effective ways for Metro Health to do the right thing – for the environment, our patients and our physicians and staff."

LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that building projects meet the highest green building and performance standards. LEED certification ensures that a building is environmentally responsible, profitable and a healthy place to work.

Benefits of LEED-certified buildings include:

  • Improved health and safety for occupants
  • Reduction of waste sent to landfills
  • Better ability to conserve energy and water
  • Improved indoor air quality

Metro Health incorporated a number of sustainable design features in the new hospital, including:

  • A 48,500-square-foot green roof – the second largest in the state. The green roof is central to the hospital’s comprehensive stormwater management program, which also includes bioswales and rain gardens. Approximately 80 percent of all patient rooms overlook the green roof.
  • A landscape plan that incorporates native and adaptive vegetation to reduce chemical inputs and irrigation requirements.
  • Use of fabrics, furniture, paints, adhesives, sealants and carpet with low volatile organic compound, or VOC, emissions to help maintain indoor air quality
  • Virtual elimination of mercury from the hospital
  • Use of "green" cleaning supplies certified by GreenSeal®
  • Environmentally friendly cups and glasses for the cafeteria

The new recycling infrastructure has allowed the hospital to achieve a 30 percent recycling rate. Additionally nearly 65 percent of construction materials used in building the hospital – or nearly 500 tons – were recycled.

Contact: Ellen Bristol, Metro Health Hospital (616) 252-5033
or Mary Ann Sabo, Sabo Public Relations (616)485-1432.



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