MILWAUKEE (4/16/2010) - Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Clinics-New Berlin has been awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The award was given for incorporating sustainable design and construction into the building's core and shell elements. The clinic is located at 4855 S. Moorland Road.
"Children's Hospital is proud of our new facility in New Berlin. Our patients, their families and our staff benefit from the environmentally responsible building," said Sue Widmann, director of Ambulatory Services for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. "Many of us live in the surrounding community and take extra pride in knowing that green strategies and designs went into the construction of the clinic."
LEED certification is established on a point-based rating system that acknowledges water efficiencies and waste reductions, energy and atmosphere management, materials and resource repurposing, and recycling.
Some of the recognized environmentally conscious features of the building include:
- More than 76 percent of the construction waste was recycled or reused diverting more than 134 tons of waste from a landfill.
- High-efficiency, dual-flush toilets and low-flow showers reduce water use by 39 percent compared to a typical building.
- Bicycle racks and changing rooms are provided inside the building to encourage alternative modes of eco-friendly transportation.
- High-efficiency, glare-free windows provide generous access to natural daylight and views.
- Site landscaping requires nearly 75 percent less water to maintain than typical landscaping because of minimal mowed turf, plentiful native vegetation and plantings that include trees, shrubs, perennial flowers and native or well-adapted grasses.
"The LEED certification for core and shell is a green building rating system that allows real estate developers and building owners to create and benchmark sustainable projects. Irgens is committed to incorporating sustainability into all our projects. The Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Clinics - New Berlin project is a great example of how we partner with forward-thinking clients to achieve tangible results in sustainability," said Dan Cowell, vice president of Irgens Development Partners LLC. Irgens worked with Hammel, Green and Abrahamson to design the facility and CG Schmidt to construct the facility. Children's Hospital leases the facility from Irgens.
To learn more about the New Berlin clinic, visit www.chw.org/newberlin.