The third floor of the Stantec-designed Katz Women’s Hospital, part of the North Shore Long Island Hospital system, was recently certified LEED Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the first Platinum-level hospital in the state of New York.
The design of the 73-bed hospital, which opened in May, focused on sustainability as part of the overriding goal to provide a comprehensive, state-of-the-art facility for women to receive medical care.
“The health of patients, staff and visitors is undoubtedly tied to the health of the building they spend time in,” says Daniel Cusick, Stantec project executive. “By targeting the highest green building standards, we could provide that sort of holistic healing space in New York’s premiere women’s healthcare facility.”
To reach the Platinum level, the hospital’s design included such sustainable features as a testing program for indoor air quality, an environmentally friendly cleaning and maintenance program and a specialized HVAC system, as well as low-flow plumbing, natural lighting and solar shading. Material reuse was also emphasized, including reusing existing ceiling tiles and donating the stone from the former ballast roof to the township for use at a local park. The systems are expected to save the hospital more than 18 percent in energy use, 51 percent water use and 100 percent of its first two years of electricity thanks to wind power generated in Texas.
Because some floors of the building were new construction and others renovations, they have been registered separately in the LEED program. The building’s new addition on the fifth floor is registered under LEED New Construction 2.2 and is anticipating a Gold certification. The renovation of the fourth floor is registered under LEED CI 3.0 and is also anticipating a Platinum certification.