Metro Health Hospital Among Winners in Michigan Battle of the Buildings Competition
Metro Health Hospital is among the winners in this year’s Michigan Battle of the Buildings, an awards program sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Metro Health took first place in the medical category of the competition, which began in 2014 as a way to recognize the “greenest” buildings that have worked to reduce their energy consumption over the past year. The Wyoming, Michigan-based community hospital – the cornerstone of the Metro Health system – was one of the first full-service hospitals in the country to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certified.
“Our leadership team and employees work hard to keep this hospital on the forefront of new strategies and technologies so we can remain a leader in sustainable health care,” said Mike Faas, president and CEO of Metro Health. “We are honored to be recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council for our commitment to being green in everything we do.”
The hospital is 575,000 square feet and holds 208 beds. The hospital’s campus includes a total of 900,000 square feet of buildings – and that number continues to grow.
In honoring Metro Health, the U.S. Green Building Council pointed to the research into mechanical and electrical components that it does during the pre-construction planning process to optimize energy efficiency. It also noted the following at the hospital:
- Parking lot lighting systems have been replaced with LED
- Sub-meters have been installed on equipment such as HVAC boilers, indoor and outdoor lighting systems and kitchen and equipment, allowing visibility into energy use and performance and creating opportunities for energy reduction at that level
- The organization monitors its energy usage through Tracer Summit, a building automation system that provides building control of climate, lighting and energy consumption through a single, integrated system
- It participates in Consumers Energy’s Smart Buildings Program, which requires Metro Health to have an Energy Management Policy in place, identify key performance indicators, have an energy committee, set goals for energy reduction and performs retrocommissioning and boiler tune-ups
- Education on energy efficiency is part of the new employee orientation program and the environmental services housekeeping staff is trained to watch for issues as they perform their daily routines
- The hospital’s 48,000-square-foot green roof holds roughly 3 inches of rainfall, which aids in the heating and cooling of the building as well as storm water management
The 2015 Michigan Battle of the Buildings attracted 159 competitors totaling 28.6 million square feet – nearly three times the number and square footage than last year’s competition. Other winners included:
- JSJ Corporation – Office
- Muskegon Area Transit Authority – Public Buildings
- Nichols – Other
- Pierce Creek Foundation Visitors Center – Education
- Porter Hills – Senior Living
- The Pyramid Scheme – Entertainment