The US Green Building Council has awarded LEED® certification to Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven in recognition of the hospital’s successful sustainable design and construction strategies. The 516,000 square foot hospital is located in downtown New Haven.
When planning for Smilow began in 2002, sustainable strategies, including LEED certification, were not widely considered attainable in healthcare, given their high energy demands and other perceived constraints. The project team rose to the challenge of making Smilow a sustainable trendsetter. New opportunities for LEED points were sought and identified by the team throughout the project’s construction phase. Smilow’s sustainable strategies include:
- Recycling of 97.7% of construction waste
- All roofs are either planted or highly reflective to reduce heat gain and heat islands
- Exterior sun screen on west façade provides views while reducing heat gain
- High-efficiency unitized curtain wall system and terra cotta rain screen façade
- Optimized HVAC system, independently commissioned and set up for measurement and verification
- Indoor air quality monitoring systems
- Low-VOC paints and finishes contribute to indoor air quality
- Modular planning of exam rooms increases flexibility and minimizes the need for reconfiguration and future construction.
LEED certification is Smilow’s most recent environmental recognition. The hospital received a 2011 Award of Merit from the Connecticut Green Building Council and a 2010 Green Business Award from the Connecticut Business Journal. The hospital’s 7th floor healing garden received a 2010 Award of Merit from the Connecticut chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.