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Orthopedic Building Awarded Green Certification

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First "Green" Health Care Project in Chicago to Receive Gold LEED for Core & Shell.

Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush's state-of-the-art Orthopedic Building has been awarded Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

"Increasing building efficiency and lowering the impact on the environment was a high priority in the initial planning of the facility," said Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph, managing partner of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. "We are proud to do our part and challenge others to do the same."

Located at the corner of Ashland Avenue and Harrison Street on the Rush campus, the Orthopedic Building opened to patients November 16, 2009. The design plans for the building paid special attention to environmental efficiency and responsiveness. An extensive green roof restores 50 percent of the site with adaptive vegetation, decreases 25 percent of storm water runoff, and reduces the "heat island" effect.

The Orthopedic Building at Rush is the first health care project in Chicago to receive Gold LEED for Core & Shell, which is a green building rating system for designers, builders, developers and new building owners who want to address sustainable design for new core and shell construction. Core and shell covers base building elements such as structure, envelope and the HVAC system.

The 220,000 square-foot Orthopedic Building is jointly owned by Rush University Medical Center and Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (MOR). MOR and Rush collaborated on the plans, administration and financing of the building.

"We are very excited to be among the health care and education leaders that are pushing the edge on LEED technology," said Mick Zdeblick, vice president of operations, Rush Office of Transformation. "Health care is a very difficult industry to work within as it pertains to energy efficiency, sustainability and other LEED design type issues. Gold LEED on the Orthopedic Building is just the beginning for this campus."

Recycled product for concrete, steel and wallboard was used during construction and construction materials came from local manufacturers within 500 miles of Chicago to reduce fuel for transportation and emissions. Low-flow plumbing fixtures were installed throughout the entire building and low volatile organic compounds (VOC) paint and sealants were used. The new facility has also instituted a trash recycling program adopted throughout the Rush campus.

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions. The LEED for Healthcare Green Building Rating System was developed to meet the unique needs of the health care market, including inpatient care facilities, licensed outpatient care facilities, and licensed long-term care facilities.

About the U.S. Green Building Council

The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

With a community comprising 78 local affiliates, more than 18,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 140,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. USGBC's mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.

pdf Read the Navigant Consulting case study and tour guide of the Orthopedic Building - Chicago's first LEED Gold Certified Healthcare Facility.

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