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ENERGY EFFICIENCY & ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Long before the groundbreaking late in 2007, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability were in the plans for the $115-million expansion and renovation. Building systems will provide long-term cost savings and minimize the environmental footprint over the life of the building.

Designed by HDR Architecture, Inc. of Chicago, the project called on design and building standards from the U.S. Green Building Council’s program for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®). “Green design” focuses on sustainable site planning, safeguarding water and water efficiency, energy efficiency and renewable energy, conservation of materials and resources and indoor environmental quality.

Air Quality System: The building’s air quality system, in addition to helping to control infection and keep the building’s air healthy and comfortable also features energy savings and reduced maintenance. Contracted by Ingenuity IEQ of Midland, the system is based on a Genesis Air System and Theris™ airflow control valves by Phoenix Controls Corporation. Air-handling equipment for the system was custom manufactured by TMI Custom Air Systems of Holly, Mich.

Windows: The custom-produced glazing allows for beautiful wooded views and natural light with an R-30 insulation value, a level you’d expect from a well-insulated wall. The windows are also specially designed to eliminate glare and reduce heat build-up, an important feature for the south-facing portion of the tower. All these features will reduce heating and air conditioning requirements.

Energy Center: Energy reduction for heating and air conditioning is also part of the project. The Medical Center, including the new addition, will be heated and cooled by an energy-efficient power plant. In the years to come, its design will enable expansion. Eventually, it will heat, cool and circulate air throughout the entire Medical Center, and will do so using less energy than the existing power plant in use today.