OHSU Center First Medical Facility in Nation to Win LEED Platinum Award


The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded Oregon Health & Science University’s Center for Health & Healing a LEED platinum certification for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, the first medical and research facility anywhere to have achieved this distinction.

CSE twice has published feature articles about the facility—“ Platinum on a Budget ” ( CSE 10/05) and “ Health Code ” (CSE 12/06), not only because the platinum certification is a first for this type of facility, but also because the building team managed to achieve this goal using integrated design features never before used together on a project of this kind—and at no extra cost to the project.

In fact, the Center for Health & Healing won CSE’ s 2006 ARC Project of the Year Award.

The building garnered 55 points out of a possible 69 on the USBGC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) scorecard, three more points than required for platinum.

“We set out to meet the highest standards of sustainability and energy efficiency when this project was started. This award recognizes the melding of the OHSU Medical Group’s vision and the innovative team that designed and built this remarkable building,” said Joseph Robertson, M.D., MBA, president of OHSU. “The Center for Health & Healing is the first step in our development of the South Waterfront and demonstrates in bricks and mortar OHSU’s belief that a healthy built environment is integral to healthy living.”

For more information about the Center for Health & Healing, go to www.ohsu.edu/ohsuedu/about/transformation/commons/index.cfm

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