Hopewell Township, N.J. – Water-efficient landscaping, existing land preservation and locally purchased materials are just a few reasons why Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell received LEED-Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The hospital is one of 28 hospitals in the country to achieve the prestigious gold- or platinum-level recognition.
HKS’s healthcare group – in collaboration with associate designer and interior architect Array, development manager Anchor Health Properties and construction managers Skanska and Target – created a hospital that serves as a beacon of care, hope and inspiration for all who work and take haven in it, while working with the HUD-approved budget, scheduling, cost review, construction close-out, payments and bonding requirements.
“From the very beginning of planning for Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell, the goal was to create a healthier environment for patients, visitors and staff, and to be environmentally responsible,” said Al Maghazehe, president & CEO of Capital Health. “This progressive healing environment provides important emotional support for patients while practicing environmentally sustainable principles.”
Capital Health achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use, as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
Some of the LEED elements at Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell include:
Water use reduction
Recycling of 90 percent of trash and debris from the construction phase
Use of regional materials
Use of PVC-free and low-VOC finishes on all painted surfaces
Preservation of open space that exceeds local zoning requirements by 67 percent
Light pollution reduction
Today, staff and patients note that they “can’t believe it’s a hospital.” The hospital strikes an aesthetically pleasing balance of function, creativity and financial responsibility – while minimizing its effect on the environment.