Green building initiatives enable hospital to be more environmentally friendly
March 19 – Charlottesville, VA. Martha Jefferson Hospital is pleased to announce its replacement hospital has been awarded LEED® certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED is the nation’s top program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.
“As we started work on the new hospital project it was important to us to be environmentally conscious and make decisions that would allow for us to participate in the LEED program,” said Ron Cottrell, the Martha Jefferson replacement hospital project administrator. “We understand the significance of sustainable practices and want to be sure we do our part for our community.”
Martha Jefferson received the LEED certification for a variety of reasons. The following list details some of the “green” elements of the new Martha Jefferson Hospital:
Creation of Parks and Accessible Roof Gardens
- Accommodations for Low-Emitting and Fuel Efficient Vehicles
- Water Efficient Irrigation
- Water Use Reduction Systems
- Optimized Energy Performance
- Low-emitting Adhesives, Sealants, Paints and Coatings and Carpet Systems
- Recycling Program (Pre and Post Construction)
- Green Cleaning Program
- Building Designed for Flexibility
“We are excited about our LEED certification and are dedicated to maintaining green practices throughout our organization in the years to come,” said Barbara Elias, replacement hospital project director. “We knew the construction of our new facility was just the beginning.”
Martha Jefferson began construction on its new facility in the summer of 2008. Work was completed in the summer of 2011 and all patients were successfully moved to the new facility on Pantops Mountain on August 28, 2011.