The Moody Outpatient Center on Parkland Health’s main campus has been awarded the LEED® Gold Certification for new construction from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, which sets voluntary standards for buildings. This is the sixth LEED Gold Certification Parkland has received since 2013. Parkland previously earned LEED Gold for its Ron J. Anderson, MD Clinic Building, Women & Infants Specialty Health (WISH) Clinic, Central Utility Plant, Tower Garage and Parkland Memorial Hospital.
The LEED rating system offers four certification levels — Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum — that correspond to the number of credits accrued in five sustainable design categories. The U.S. Green Building Council says LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was built to “achieve high performance” in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
“Parkland has been committed to green infrastructure since construction began on the main campus,” said Miranda Skaaning, Manager of Facilities Business & Sustainability at Parkland Health. “The decision to focus on environmental benefits has come with additional rewards such as ongoing cost savings from the efficient energy and water systems both inside and outside the buildings.”
The roughly 484,000-square-foot Moody Outpatient Center houses numerous specialty clinics including the Moody Center for Breast Health, diabetes, internal medicine and infectious disease, among others. The clinic also includes an outpatient pharmacy.
Among the features recognized in the certification are the low-emitting materials including adhesives, paint, flooring and furniture, as well as the use of regional materials, energy and water efficiency, and the clinic’s connectivity to public transportation.
The entire healthcare campus was sustainably designed. In doing so, Parkland can efficiently manage and control energy use. Using recycled, local building materials has also significantly reduced the carbon footprint.
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