|Photograph courtesy of Brasfield & Gorrie, General Contractors.|
The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Greenville, SC with LEED Gold Certification. The new 78,000 square foot outpatient clinic expands primary care services to Veterans and their families in the northern sector of the state of South Carolina.
Located on a rehabilitated site near the Greenville Hospital System, the new VA Outpatient Clinic is close to public transportation and community amenities. The clinic has improved energy performance by over 30% to reduce environmental and economic impacts associated with excessive energy use – not a small feat considering healthcare facilities have one of the highest energy usage intensities of any building type. The clinic’s energy savings are a direct result of implementing a combination of strategies: optimizing the thermal envelope and reducing thermal loads inside the building by installing occupancy sensors and daylighting controls in perimeter offices and waiting areas, allowing for more efficient HVAC equipment such as high-efficiency condensing boilers (up to 95% efficient) and a heat recovery chiller that recovers rejected heat from the condenser-side and is able to simultaneously provide heat and cooling during favorable conditions. The clinic has also focused significant efforts on enhancing indoor environmental quality (IEQ), one of the most important environmental concerns for a healthcare facility, as well as promoting occupant comfort, well-being, and productivity.
|Photograph courtesy of Brasfield & Gorrie.|
Bob Hughes, President of Hughes Development Corporation, reflected, “We accepted the opportunity to develop a new Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic (VA OPC) in Greenville to benefit the many veterans across Upstate South Carolina by providing a first-class, sustainable facility to meet their healthcare needs. Our company has focused on sustainable development for decades. The government’s standard for the VA OPC was LEED Silver, but our team’s goal was never less than LEED Gold. It was our pleasure to provide the VA OPC with a LEED Gold facility, the first of its kind, to benefit the veterans.”
The success of this project is due to a collaborative effort between the owner/developer (Hughes Development Corporation), design team (Design Strategies), contractor (Brasfield & Gorrie), and LEED consultant (Epsten Group).
Hughes Development Corporation is a full-service real estate development company that focuses on downtown redevelopment, urban infill, and mixed-use development. It has been the company’s objective to build sustainable buildings that will last lifetimes and benefit the community and future generations.
Epsten Group provided LEED consulting, energy modeling, and commissioning services for the Greenville VA Outpatient Clinic project. Epsten Group’s legacy is innovation in the built environment and building certification services. With their proven expertise in sustainable design, LEED consulting, energy modeling and building commissioning, they make it easy for their clients to adopt sustainable building goals that result in functional, affordable and attractive spaces. Their state-of-the industry knowledge and in-depth experience serves a broad clientele, including owners, developers, program managers, construction managers, architects, engineers and green building consultants.
For further information contact:
Johnna S. Keller, Project Manager