Location: West Palm Beach, FL
Owner: Palm Healthcare Foundation
Certification Level: LEED Silver (NC v2.2)
Services: Building Commissioning
Architect: Heery International
Contractor: Hedrick Brothers
Palm Healthcare Pavilion, completed in May 2008, is LEED certified to the Silver level in the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) category of LEED for New Construction. A state-of-the-art $12.5 million project for children with special healthcare needs, The Palm Healthcare Pavilion, home of the Mollie Wilmot Children’s Center is also the first healthcare facility and the first medical office building in Florida to be awarded this certification.
“In every way, we made environmentally sound decisions,” said Suzette W. Wexner, Palm Healthcare Foundation president and CEO, “From purchasing products close to the site to reduce transportation effects on the environment, to recycling the building’s exterior materials and donating the interior materials to local charities, including Hospice by the Sea and Habitat for Humanity, we have demonstrated that you can take a standard office building and reconstruct it in an innovative, environment-friendly way,” said Wexner. “Collaborating with a general contractor with green building experience, as well as a LEED consultant, was instrumental to the design and construction of the facility and our Silver level status.”
To achieve this certification, the project followed the USGBC’s design and construction practices that significantly reduce or eliminate the negative impacts of buildings on the environment and occupants in five areas: sustainable site planning; water efficiency; energy and atmosphere; materials and resources; and indoor environmental quality. Specifics include: recycled the building’s contents, diverted 77% of the original building’s materials (metals, etc.) for alternate sources and away from landfills; ensured that all materials—from plywood to paint to carpet—had low VOC (volatile organic compounds) to protect indoor air quality; capture and reuse storm water runoff to provide 100% of the building’s irrigation needs; special parking spaces for hybrid vehicles, changing rooms to encourage employees to seek alternate forms of transportation and bicycle storage.