Magazine article Health Facilities Management

Small Critical Access Hospital Achieves Big Energy Savings

Magazine article Health Facilities Management

Small Critical Access Hospital Achieves Big Energy Savings

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Large hospitals have been focusing on sustainable design practices for some time now, but smaller rural and critical access hospitals often haven't been able to devote the same level of resources to these efforts. PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor, Wash., is bucking that trend.

Located on Puget Sound's San Juan Island, which has no power source other than electricity, the medical center serves a mixed-income population that prioritizes conservation.

Integrating many elements of sustainable design, the 39,000-square-foot critical access hospital achieves an average energy use intensity (EUI) of 87.7 kBtu/ square feet per year--one-third that of a typical health facility in the Pacific Northwest, says mechanical engineer Mark Stavig, PE, principal of CDi + Mazzetti, who recently received an American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers first-place technology award for the project in the new health care facility category.

Previously, the American Institute of Architects honored the facility with a first-place health care design award (for projects under $25 million). The hospital cost PeaceHealth, the owner, slightly more than $18 million.

"We set very aggressive sustainability goals prior to beginning design," says lead architect Erik Goodfriend, AIA, health care studio director for Mahlum Architects. "To meet those goals, we carefully listened to clinicians about how they would occupy and use the facility."

With only 10 inpatient beds, Peace Island Medical Center is a small hospital with variable hours of operation and usage patterns in its clinical and public spaces. …

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