Indiana Hospital, California Library Snag LEED Gold, Colorado Capitol Goes Green

Indiana Hospital, California Library Snag LEED Gold, Colorado Capitol Goes Green

Community Hospital South in Indianapolis and the San Mateo Public Library Main Branch in California have attained LEED Gold status, and Colorado's Capitol has become the first certified green state house in the country.

The greening of the hospital and the other public buildings are among the latest major LEED certifications. The facilities conducted ceremonies in the past two weeks to celebrate their achievements under the standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Community Hospital South, Indiana

In Indianapolis, Community Hospital South was awarded LEED Gold status for new construction for its emergency room expansion.  In the project, the ER grew from 11,000 to 30,000 square feet, adding 26 private rooms filled with emergency equipment, trauma rooms, a new waiting area and an enclosed ambulance bay big enough for four ambulances.

Green attributes for the new facility include a heat recovery process that uses about 22 percent less energy than the baseline set by the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers, water-efficient fixtures and landscaping, daylight harvesting and lighting efficiency systems, use of recycled and other eco-friendly building materials, proximity to public transportation and bike-friendly space and storage.  

San Mateo Public Library, California

The $65-million, 90,000-square-foot main branch of the San Mateo Public Library was planned as a LEED Silver structure, but exceeded so many of the design thresholds that the building was just a point away from meeting the gold standard. EHDD Architecture and the library took the extra steps to achieve the point, winning the gold designation about two years after the branch's grand opening.

The library features 100 public Internet terminals and a robust green education information center that includes information about the environmentally friendly efforts at the main branch — in addition to delivering the required elements for lighting, water and energy efficiency, HVAC and air quality, building materials and construction waste recycling.

The library has received several awards from regional government, regulatory, utility and green building groups.

Colorado State Capitol

The Colorado State Capitol in Denver, built in 1895, received LEED certification as an existing structure for energy upgrades made in the past four years and for its efficiency in operations and maintenance.  The changes will help save taxpayers $1 million in energy costs at the public facility, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter said in announcing the LEED designation.

Chevron Energy Solutions worked with the state to help establish the systems that make the savings possible, a spokesperson for the firm told GreenerBuildings.

The Colorado Capitol is the nation's first state house to receive LEED certification, but it's the fourth building in the Capitol complex to do so. Colorado's State Services Building, its Judicial and Heritage Center and its Human Services Building have received certification, and the Governor's Residence and the Colorado Division of Labor and Employment building are being reviewed for certification.

Chevron Energy Solutions also worked with the state on efficiency systems for the three other certificated buildings and 16 other state structures in retrofit and upgrade projects that are expected to save Colorado more than $20 million in energy costs in the next 20 years.