Green Building

In 2013 we advanced our commitment to incorporating environmental considerations into building design, construction and renovation strategies by developing a comprehensive Sustainable Construction, Renovation, and Maintenance policy. Guidelines were established related to the integration of sustainable practices in all siting, design, construction, remodeling, repair, maintenance, operation and deconstruction projects performed throughout the University Hospitals system. All major new construction and major renovations are now required to achieve LEED Silver Certification at a minimum. Any construction, renovation or capital repair projects not able to qualify for LEED certification are required to report on their sustainable design approach on a per-project basis. Furthermore, energy efficiency and healthy indoor air quality are prioritized within the policy, which requires HHI-related outcome reporting in the areas of energy efficiency, green cleaning, construction and demolition debris diversion, and chemicals-of-concern free furnishings. In 2014, we aim to apply this policy to new construction projects throughout the year, making process adjustments where necessary to improve project work flow.

Other achievements in 2013:

UH Seidman Cancer Center

UH Seidman Cancer, UH Case Medical Center Campus, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Systemwide, we include language about sustainable design priorities in all of our major new construction and renovation RFPs.
  • Our Sustainability Specialist presented on UH’s green building efforts as they relate to human health at a local U.S. Green Building Council chapter panel discussion hosted by Case Western Reserve University.
  • We are integrating education about green building and operations in our participation in monthly System Facilities meetings, which includes Construction Services leadership.
  • University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, located in University Circle at the system’s flagship campus, was completed in 2011 and achieved LEED Certification in 2013. This is the second LEED-certified building for the system, following University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center’s LEED New Construction 2009 (NCv2009) Silver certification (the first health care facility in the country to receive NCv2009 certification).
  • St. John Medical Center, our joint-venture hospital in Westlake, Ohio, completed construction for a large, multiphase patient services and surgery addition which will achieve LEED Silver Certification.

15 Environmental Excellence awards

UH received 15 Environmental Excellence awards from Practice Greenhealth, including the prestigious System for Change award, for our systemwide achievements in sustainability in 2013.