Creating an environment that promotes healing complements the development and practice of treatments that heal. That was the thinking behind the design of Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hospital, which has received an Award of Merit in the Connecticut Green Building Council’s (CTGBC) 2011 Green Building Design Awards. Norman Roth, Yale-New Haven’s Senior Vice President of Administration, accepted the award at the June 21 ceremony in New Haven.
The hospital was designed by Shepley Bulfinch and landscape architects Towers|Golde, and built by Turner Construction.
Eight years in the making, the 516,000 square foot cancer hospital in downtown New Haven integrates healing with sustainable design and operations. Located on a tight urban site, the 14-story building incorporates many sustainable strategies, including a terracotta rain screen exterior, generous daylighting, and a mid-level rooftop garden. The hospital, which was completed in two phases in 2009 and 2010, is pursuing LEED certification.
“From the outside in, big or small, every aspect of Smilow preaches sustainability, “ said Greg Heiges, Shepley Bulfinch’s Smilow Cancer Hospital project manager. “That covers everything from a site that’s more pervious than it was prior to construction and a high-efficiency irrigation system, to materials that were selected to minimize chemical off-gassing within the building. There’s even a new bicycle hut to encourage alternative transportation for staff.”
The facility provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services, including 168 private patient rooms, 12 operating rooms, radiation therapy, and a full complement of integrated imaging technologies.
This is the second environmental honors for Smilow, which received a Green Business Award from the Connecticut Business Journal in 2010.