Gold-rated hospital for Oregon
The first LEED® Gold hospital in the United States, this community-focused facility
is designed as two distinct yet connected elements; a medical office building
and an acute care facility. The design is a direct reflection of Providence Health
System’s core values; the design creates multiple links, both physical and visual, to the surrounding community and natural environment.
During pre-design, three project goals were identified; economic stability,
commitment to community, and environmental stewardship. These goals
drove the design and selection of systems in each phase of work. The program
builds a sense of wellness for patients by placing outpatient resources directly
adjacent to the front door, with inpatient services toward the back.
The design team has evaluated the building performance through on-site
research via a post-occupancy evaluation (POE) completed by the UC Berkeley
Center for the Built Environment Center (CBE) in early 2008, a year after
building occupation. The performance study was grouped into categories
relating to the initial project goals: clinical operations, user experience and
building systems. The web-based survey indicated that 86% of staff, patients
and visitors are extremely satisfied with the building.
Innovative sustainable strategies were implemented, including day lighting,
100% outside air HVAC system and low VOC emitting finish materials.
The project secured substantial external funding in the form of tax credits
and grants totaling over $400,000 due to the innovative design strategies
employed. A partnership with Pacific Gas & Electric also created a "dispatchable"
emergency power system, locating PG&E-owned generators on the hospital site
in exchange for the right to generate power during peak grid demand.