Published on August 07, 2018

MidMichigan Acquires First LEED Certification with Gerstacker Building

Photo of the Gerstacker Building on the campus of MidMichigan Medical Center - Midland.The 70,500-square-foot, three-story Gerstacker Building on the campus of MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland is MidMichigan Health's first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building. The LEED green building rating system was developed and is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council.

“Acquiring a LEED certification takes time. Long before the groundbreaking of the Gerstacker Building in 2014, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability were in the plans for the new facility which opened in July 2015,” said Michael Erickson, vice president, MidMichigan Health. “We knew we had to make dozens of separate decisions right the first time in our green efforts and it would take a few years to see the impact. Collaborating with local partners helped make the LEED certification a reality.”

Designed by Three Rivers Corporation of Midland, Mich., the Gerstacker Building includes the use of The Dow Chemical Company’s THERMAX™ Wall System. The product maximizes energy efficiency and saves on long-term costs with the combination of an insulating air barrier, all-weather flashing and continuous insulation all into one system.

In 2016, Three Rivers won an Excellence in Construction award for GC/CM New Construction over $10 Million category by ABC Greater Michigan Chapter for the Gerstacker Building.

To earn the LEED designation, buildings must meet requirements across a series of measurements, including location and transportation, sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, material and resources, indoor environmental quality and regional priority credits. A number of features within the Gerstacker Building ensured energy conservation as a priority. Some of these features include: 

  • Light color roofing to reduce heat islands
  • Reduction in potable water through the use of low-flow fixtures
  • Water efficient landscaping
  • Dedicated recycling storage areas
  • Recycled materials used in building, just to name a few 

Additional green efforts in the building process included use of low-emitting materials, materials sourced from within 500 miles of the building, as well as creating an underground storm water detention program, which saved approximately one acre or 212 trees.

“Retaining as many trees as possible during the construction of this facility was a top priority,” said Erickson. “It’s no secret that our campus is beautifully unique as it rests on approximately 200 acres of wooded property. It is home to a variety of plant and animal species, and on any given day, you will see residents and staff enjoy our three miles of winding trails. It is important to us and our community to not disrupt the natural beauty of our campus whenever possible.

MidMichigan’s Gerstacker Building is the base for medical students, family medicine residents and faculty, Academic Affairs, CMU College of Medicine, MSU College of Human Medicine – Midland Regional Campus, Simulation Center, as well as the Family Practice Center within MidMichigan Health’s extensive medical education program. The facility is also home to MidMichigan’s corporate services.

The Gerstacker Building was funded, in part, through individual, business and foundation support including donations through MidMichigan’s Gifts of Wellness campaign. In total, more than $6.7 million was raised. In addition to the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation, donors included The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, The Charles J. Strosacker Foundation, The Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation, William and Linda Stavropoulos, Gregory H. and Candace B. Rogers, Tri-Star Trust Bank, Bierlein Companies, Inc., SYM Financial Advisors, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, the volunteers of MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland, Garber Automotive , Chemical Bank, Ieuter Insurance Group, Randy and Wendy Sherman, University of Michigan Health System, Margaret Ann Riecker and 2012 Gifts of Wellness supporters.