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Children’s Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center, Detroit, United States 
Friday 22 Feb 2013
 
Sustainable healing 
 
Image: Chris Lark 
 
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Children’s Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center-Detroit is granted LEED certification 

The LEED certification for the Children's Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center - Detroit sends a powerful message: that helping children grow up healthy starts by giving them a healthy environment. The Center, which was designed by Shepley Bulfinch, is the first LEED-certified project on the hospital's urban campus.

The project is located on a previously developed site and as a result of its design; the Center reinterprets the space for the expansion of a higher-acuity medical program in the future. The Center complements the existing campus and will set the pace for sustainable design.

The Specialty Center's sustainable features are numerous and apparent even before visitors enter the building. There is a drought-tolerant landscaping which incorporates porous paving into the space which will manage storm water. High-performance building systems have been enforced, including water heaters with 98% thermal efficiency, a boiler system with up to 99% efficiency with the addition of various other sustainable strategies to optimise energy performance throughout the facility.

Throughout the interior spaces there are daylight and motion sensors in staff support areas which reduce power consumption for lighting, whilst high-performance windows reflect heat in the summer and retain warmth in winter. Both of these systems work to reduce the energy consumption for heating and cooling. The sustainability aspect of the project was highly considered from the very beginning of the project and as a result more than 158 tons of construction waste was diverted from the landfill and recycled.

The architects have designed a series of devices which also encourage sustainable practices and healthy behaviours. These include bike racks throughout the site and priority parking for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles; a walking path; and healthy snacks for sale in the lobby.

"We are very pleased to offer our patients and families and staff this facility built just for them," says Herman Gray, MD, president, DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan. "Knowing that the building is also LEED certified supports our mission to continually work to improve the health and well being of all children and their communities."

The 106,500 sq ft Children's Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center-Detroit is the first major expansion for Detroit Medical Center's central campus in nearly 30 years, significantly expanding care for general pediatrics, pediatric specialties and rehabilitation services. 

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