OHSU Center for Health and Healing, Oregon, USAWhat is the LEED Certification?
OHSU Center for Health and Healing, Portland, Oregon, USA
Center for Health and Healing of Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) occupies 38,300 square meters (gross floor area). Construction works of the world-renowned, 16-story medical center began in 2003 and were completed in 2006. The main contractor of the building was Hoffman Construction.
It’s the largest medical facility in the USA to get LEED Platinum certification at its time (February 2007). Located at Southwest Bond Avenue, the building includes not only spaces for surgeries, biomedical research and physician practice, but also fitness and research centers, pharmacy and a café. The center for Health and Healing was built by design of GBD Architects. Owned by RIMCO (a Partnership of Doctors and OHSU), the environmentally responsible building features such important green elements as systems of natural ventilation, radiant heating and cooling, five microturbines producing electricity, $3 million savings on electricity annually, a solar thermal system for supplying hot water, reduction of CO2 emissions, recycling of materials, high quality of air inside the building, etc. The system of air conditioning is effectively replaced with passive cooling. 100% of rainwater is reused in the building and for irrigating the surrounding landscape.
By Astghik Atabekyan, www.building.am