Gwinnett Medical Center’s Strickland Heart Center Achieves LEED® Silver Certification
Gwinnett Medical Center’s Strickland Heart Center has received LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. The new facility is a 40,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility housing the latest life-saving technology and features two state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization labs and two open heart surgery operating rooms.
The Strickland Heart Center was awarded LEED Silver certification for successful implementation of the latest sustainable building technologies to achieve maximum energy saving without compromising programmatic requirements or user comforts. The construction team included architects from Perkins and Will, contractors J.E. Dunn and internal staff, who worked diligently to meet the goal of environmental performance and energy efficiency.
“The entire team realized and embraced our vision of achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health related to the Strickland Heart Center construction,” said Jay Dennard, COO, Gwinnett Medical Center-Lawrenceville. “The facility has been designed and built for the future while promoting patient healing and care.”
To achieve silver certification status, a number of strategies were incorporated. Some building attributes include:
- A comprehensive waste management program was utilized and through that over 90 percent of construction waste (over 1,600 tons) was diverted from landfills;
- By employing various energy-saving design features, including use of high performance building envelope system that lets in ample amount of natural light without heat gain, advanced electrical and mechanical delivery and monitoring systems, the building improved energy efficiency by 19 percent over baseline measures;
- Employed several indoor quality measures to promote a healthy environment that include an outdoor air delivery monitoring to ensure that the ventilation system provides enough fresh air to occupants, the use of low-emitting paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants and flooring systems; and,
- Reduced impact on environment through use of regional products and products containing recycled content.
Located in Lawrenceville, GMC’s new Strickland Heart Center provides residents of metro Atlanta access to leading cardiac care professionals. The building opened in January 2012.