Children's Hospital Named First LEED-HC Platinum Building: Salvaged materials, sensory gardens, and non-toxic

Salvaged materials, sensory gardens, and non-toxic medical equipment have all helped the recent expansion of Dell Children’s Medical Center earn the first-ever LEED for Healthcare (LEED-HC) Platinum designation. Courtesy of Seton Healthcare Family A rooftop solar panel system helped the project to achieve the LEED-HC rating. ----- Advertising ----- Measures taken for the $49 million dollar W.H. and Elaine McCarthy South Tower include sourcing 60 percent of the building’s materials from salvaged or reused materials—effectively diverting 3,000 tons of waste from the landfill—and installing efficient appliances to reduce water waste by 38 percent. Other features capitalize on a growing body of research that suggests access to nature and green design strategies can promote healing. The new facility, which features an epilepsy monitoring unit and a toddler rehab center, has an ...

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