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Healing Environment

Healing Environment

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a certification system from the US Green Building Council (www.usgbc.org) and provides an objective method of gauging the sustainable efforts of a construction project. LEED primarily focuses on four areas: the practical selection of a site, water efficiency, the energy used and the selected materials and resources.

Applying for LEED is voluntary. The owner agrees to incorporate certain “green” aspects into construction. Certification is dependent upon the construction process and required documentation provided to the US Green Building Council.

The resulting design by Strollo Architects features:
  • Materials containing recycled content and low or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
  • Significant percentage of materials that can be reclaimed and recycled in the future.
  • No CFC-based refrigerants in the HVAC system.
  • Landscaping requiring no irrigation.
  • Selection of plumbing fixtures resulting in a significant reduction of water usage.
  • Reflective roof material that prevents “heat island effect”.
  • Parking configuration that encourages the use of low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles, as well as car-pooling.
  • Absolutely no urea-formaldehyde used throughout.
  • No smoking allowed on this (or any other HMHP) campus.

These features are environmentally friendly and attempt to minimize or eliminate damage to occupant health; Strollo Architects pushed the design further to utilize natural elements that can actively promote healing such as sunlight (linked to improvement in depression and anxiety), views of nature (documented to speed healing) and soothing colors (which can reduce stress). These elements include:

  • Extensive natural light throughout the facility, with low E value at glazing.
  • Artwork of nature scenes, including a wall-sized mural under a skylight at one interior location.
  • Calming greens, blues, grays and neutrals used throughout.
  • Preservation of certain existing trees at the site.

The original goal for this project was basic certification. Because of the cooperation between the architect, general contractor and the owner, LEED silver certification was achieved! Adhering to a strict budget and schedule, this project demonstrates how conscientious design can also be beautiful.