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Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has become one of the first LEED®-certified pediatric hospital campuses in the United States.
On the Children’s campus, the hospital and mid-campus parking garage recently received official LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, which was established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. Children’s Hospital’s John G. Rangos Sr. Research Center has received LEED Silver certification, the third-highest designation attainable.
The new Children’s Hospital campus, located on 10 acres in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh, opened in May 2009 and includes more than 1.5 million square feet of usable space.
“We’re proud to receive our official certification because it means we’ve achieved our goal of designing and building a world-class pediatric hospital that also is an extremely healthy, transformative and environmentally sustainable environment for our patients and families, staff and community,” said Eric Hess, vice president, operations, who also served as project executive for the new Lawrenceville campus. “From the early design stages, Children’s Hospital planned to develop a green campus that would meet the criteria for LEED certification. Even more impressive than being one of the first hospitals to achieve this status is the fact that we achieved this certification on two buildings, which comprise more than 80 percent of the total campus square footage.”
Children’s received LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use, as well as for incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for employees, residents and the larger community, according to the USGBC.
Children’s commitment to employ green practices extends well beyond its bricks and mortar to operating policies and procedures regarding facility maintenance, housekeeping, food service and waste management. Children's also fosters its green philosophy by working with clinicians, academicians and the community to conduct research on the subject of sustainability and its health effects on children. Additional environmentally sustainable initiatives include:
“Children’s Hospital’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO, and founding chair, USGBC. “The urgency of our mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and Children’s Hospital serves as a prime example of just how much we can accomplish.”
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Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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