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Swedish/Issaquah deemed most energy-efficient medical center in the US

SEATTLE, Wash., March 12, 2013 – Speaking last month at AIA Seattle’s annual Medical Design Forum, Robin Guenther, FAIA, named the new health campus at Swedish/Issaquah the “most energy-efficient hospital in the United States.”

Guenther, author of “Sustainable Healthcare Architecture,” measured the energy used by both on-campus facilities, including the new 225,000 square-foot medical office building and the 325,000 square-foot acute-care medical center, and compared those metrics to a database of similar domestic healthcare facilities. After a thorough review of Swedish’s data against comparable energy use intensity (EUI) metrics, Swedish/Issaquah ranked at the very top. The medical center’s design incorporated sustainability goals, energy efficiency features, such as electricity-saving lighting, heating and cooling systems, and green initiatives, including locally-sourced and recycled materials.

The campus, which officially opened its doors to patients in 2011, has already garnered numerous regional and national awards for sustainability and energy efficiency, including:
  • 2013 ASHE Vista Award Winner - Infrastructure
  • 2013 ASHRAE Technology Award Winner, First Place - Healthcare Facility & Other Institutional
  • 2012 Contract magazine Interior Design Award 
  • 2012 Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce Building of the Year
  • 2011 Technology/Life Science Project of the Year
  • 2011 and 2010 Better Bricks Award, Building Owner Category 
  • Cover and feature article in Healthcare Real Estate Insights Resource Guide
  • Cover and feature article in Medical Construction & Design magazine

Kevin Kraiss, a Senior Vice President with Hammes Company, echoes the sentiments of Guenther’s findings. “There was a strong focus on energy efficiency from the on-set of this project, which came directly from Swedish’s senior leadership. As project manager, Hammes Company collaborated closely with both Puget Sound Energy and the design and construction partners, CollinsWoerman and Sellen Construction Company, to ensure a sustainable facility.”

Robin Guenther, FAIA, is Principal at Perkins+Will in New York City. Healthcare Design magazine named her the “#1 Most Influential Designer in Healthcare” in 2010. She co-coordinated the Green Guide for Health Care, served on the LEED-HC committee, and is releasing the second edition of “Sustainable Healthcare Architecture” later this year. Presented in collaboration with the Architecture for Health Panel (AHP), the Medical Design Forum features a vast array of industry topics ranging from the current challenges facing healthcare executives today to more segmented topics such as the latest code requirements and case studies detailing Lean processes and LEED-certified buildings.

The regional conference attracts recognized experts in their fields, such as Guenther, as a means to share changes in the delivery of healthcare and how project delivery can support those changes to deliver advanced healing facilities in a competitive market.

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