UTMC renovations receive environmental distinction

June 13, 2014 | News, UToday, UTMC
By Aimee Portala

Recent renovations at The University of Toledo Medical Center were awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

This is the first clinical building at The University of Toledo to receive this honor.

Updates were made to patient rooms on the third and fifth floors of UTMC. The renovations received 51 total points on the LEED scorecard in areas including energy and atmosphere, innovation, material and resources, and indoor environmental quality.

“As part of the bond-funded initiative at UTMC, the UT Board of Trustees and hospital administration committed to upgrading the patient rooms,” said Jason Toth, associate vice president of facilities and construction. “This project was one of many to continue that initiative. This project also marked the completion of renovations to the entire third floor of the hospital.”

A number of factors contributed to the certification; these included diverting 50 percent of construction waste from landfills or incinerators, a 34 percent reduction in water use for all fixtures, a 20 percent reduction in lighting powered density, and increased access to views of the outdoors. The project also utilized regionally manufactured materials with high-recycled content.

This is the fifth UT building to receive LEED certification. The Savage & Associates Complex for Business and Learning and the Center for Biosphere Restoration Research in Bowman-Oddy Laboratories both received silver certification in 2013. Two UT buildings have been given gold certification: the Memorial Field House in 2009 and John F. Savage Arena/Fetterman Athletic Complex in 2011.

Six UT structures are pending LEED certification: the Nitschke Technology Commercialization Complex (silver), the Research and Technology Complex 1 (silver), the Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center (gold), Collier Auditorium (silver), Bowman-Oddy Laboratories (silver), and the Frederic and Mary Wolfe Center (silver), which is home to the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Services.

The University of Toledo is committed to energy efficiency and prioritizes the same for all construction projects.

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