5 Green Projects to Watch in 2016

By Layne Gudenkauf
(02/03/2016)
In 2015, the green building industry expanded drastically as companies continued to find cost savings and energy efficiency by building sustainable facilities. Architects and owners used innovative design features to achieve LEED certification and create a better environment for employees. Green Building News anticipates even more sustainable construction growth, and has compiled a diverse list of projects to watch in 2016.
 

The Evolving Role of the Facility Manager

By Jessie Fetterling
(02/03/2016)
The role of the facility manager is quickly evolving from primarily maintaining buildings to playing a strategic part in helping an organization meet its operational goals. As facility plans become increasingly aligned with the strategic goals of an organization, facility managers are becoming more involved in discussions about funding for building management projects, especially when improving areas like energy efficiency.
 

Durham County Courthouse Earns LEED Gold


(02/02/2016)
The design for the new Durham County Courthouse in Durham earned the building a LEED Gold certification and a publication award in the 2014 Justice Facilities Review by the AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice.
 

Toledo Schools Look to LEDs for Energy Efficiency

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(02/02/2016)
Exterior lighting can result in big operational expenses for public schools. As schools must consider costs for maintenance and bulb replacement, they should also be aware that some lighting fixtures may be more budget- and eco-friendly than others.
 

One North Development Raises Sustainability Bar

By Jessie Fetterling
(01/27/2016)
The One North development in Portland is raising the bar for green build-ing by creating its own sustainability template that exceeds industry standards. Construction on the uber-green commercial building started in June 2014 and is on target to be completed by this November. R&H Construction is serving as the general contractor on the project and Holst Architecture is the architect, while Froelich Engineers is the structural engineer and McKinstry is the mechanical, electrical & plumbing engineer. All four companies are based locally.
 

First Fully Digital Hospital Opens in Toronto


(01/27/2016)
The Humber River Hospital in Toronto opened on Oct. 18 to make it the first fully digital hospital in North America. The new, 1.8 million-square-foot hospital now has state-of-the-art-medical equipment, which was designed to improve patient care. The hospital will be able to serve more than 850,000 people from the Toronto area in the new facility. About 350 patients were moved to the new hospital, according to a statement from Humber River Hospital.
 

Wagner High School to Build Performing Arts Center

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(01/27/2016)
Construction on new classrooms, academic spaces and a performing arts center at Susan E. Wagner High School in Staten Island will be completed just in time for the 2016 school year. The new 28,000-square-foot performing arts center project addresses an overcrowding issue at Wagner High School and will bring the school in line with modern education standards.
 

CoxHealth’s New Medical Tower Provides All-Private Rooms

By Jessie Fetterling
(01/20/2016)
CoxHealth’s Cox Medical Center South in Springfield recently completed a new West Tower addition, which houses the new Dee Ann White Women’s and Children’s hospital and the Jared Neuroscience Center.
 

Practice Greenhealth Releases Sustainability Report

By Lindsey Coulter
(01/20/2016)
In late August, Practice Greenhealth — a Reston-based non-profit health care membership community that empowers members to increase environmental stewardship and efficiency — announced the release of the 2015 Environmental Excellence Awards Sustainability Benchmark Report. The report provides a detailed analysis of the achievements of the 2015 Environmental Excellence award winners and summarizes the sustainability achievements of 220 hospitals that are setting the standard for health care environmental stewardship.
 

FuelCell to Help Power Santa Rita Jail


(01/12/2016)
A 1.4-megawatt fuel cell plant will soon provide the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin with both heat and power. The facility recently signed a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with FuelCell Energy — a Danbury, Conn.-based designer, manufacturer, operator and servicer of ultra-clean, efficient and reliable fuel cell power plants — which includes commissioning the new fuel cell plant in late 2016.