Construction on the third phase of Affinity Health System’s St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton will be completed by the end of the year and phase four, which includes a four-story inpatient bed tower with all-private rooms, is underway and is scheduled for completion in January 2015.
Green roofs are sprouting up atop hospitals across the country in a green building trend that is here to stay — at least until another one takes over. In December, the 808-bed Aultman Hospital in Canton completed the installation of a 2,500-square-foot green roof — the first for the hospital — in hopes of promoting sustainability and improving the patient care experience.
The new $239 million Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center was dedicated on Nov. 13 and will see its first patient in early January. Its theme, “learning and healing through nature,” is integrated throughout the entire facility, from the images of plant and animal life decorating the lobby to the green roofs that allow for patients to find a sanctuary outside.
In a new study by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), they have found that installing green roofs and cool roofs in southern California could save consumers more than $211 million in energy bills and reduce emissions equivalent to removing 91,000 cars from the road each year.
Ask a group of hospital facility directors about the benefits of installing a green roof and you’ll likely hear several answers: heating and cooling cost savings, long-term building material cost savings, environmental responsibility, space maximization and aesthetic improvement.