Concord Hospital is First Hospital in Northern New England Awarded LEED Certification
Concord, NH – Concord Hospital is the first hospital in northern New England and second in New England awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) national certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its East & North Wing Additions construction project. Gilbane Building Company of Manchester, NH provided construction management services, and Shepley Bulfinch of Boston was the architect.
“We’re fortunate that Ray Gerbi, our former vice president of facilities, was passionate about our environment and committed to achieving LEED certification,” said Michael B. Green, president and CEO of Concord Hospital. “I continue to be very proud to be part of a progressive and creative organization.”
The East & North Wing Additions comprise 166,960 square feet of new space and 25,335 square feet of renovated space. It includes The Jim and Marianne Cook Emergency Department with 37 private rooms, new and larger operating rooms that support sophisticated medical equipment, a Progressive Care Unit and Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a dedicated orthopaedics unit, and a newly designed Visitors Entrance.
The project’s sustainable design maximizes daylight and views with green roofs and courtyard gardens while creating skylights that bring light deep into treatment spaces. The canopied entrance includes a waiting area that overlooks a garden and the drop-off area and a roof garden that is accessible from the ICU. On patient floors almost all spaces have access to natural light and views outside, while garden courtyards create a buffer from the road. Native plantings and maximized permeable surfaces reduce the impact on the site’s stormwater system and minimize heat islands. The use of recyclable non-harmful, efficient materials, natural light, and enhanced ventilation systems are prominent components throughout.
Other components used include:
Reducing or eliminating toxins to improve indoor air quality
Recycling demolition waste
Reducing water consumption
Using energy efficient equipment
Promoting alternative transportation
“We are extraordinarily proud to have supported Concord Hospital’s vision to achieve LEED certification,” said Paul J. Choquette III, area manager of Gilbane’s Northern New England District. “Having been a construction partner to the hospital since 2001, we understand that this accomplishment could only have been achieved with a total team effort.”
“What made this such a success was Concord Hospital’s commitment to the hospital’s sustainable design and operations, and to doing it as a team,” said Angela Watson, principal of Shepley Bulfinch of Boston, the project architects.