Medical facility in Florida designed with sustainability in mind
TOLEDO, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Health Care REIT’s commitment to innovative, sustainable building design principles and energy management solutions is an integral part of the company’s business model.
Health Care REIT, Inc. (NYSE:HCN) announced today that the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center, a property developed and owned by the company, has been awarded LEED® Silver certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). LEED® was established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
“Health Care REIT’s LEED® certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chair of USGBC. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before. Health Care REIT serves as a prime example of just how much we can accomplish.”
The recently completed comprehensive cancer center in Tallahassee is housed in a 50,000+ square foot, two-story building on a nearly five-acre site. Projected key efficiencies in the building include, among many others:
- Nearly 40 percent water savings using low-flow fixtures
- About 50 percent reduction in potable water for landscaping
- Nearly 20 percent cost savings on overall energy
- Utilization of construction materials with more than 25 percent recycled content
Health Care REIT’s commitment to be a full-service, value-add business solutions and capital partner led to the development of this state-of-the-art facility. The center is owned by Health Care REIT and operated by Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH). The pursuit and accomplishment of LEED® certification for this project demonstrates Health Care REIT’s industry-leading capabilities and aligns with TMH’s focus to provide a healing and supportive environment for cancer patients and their families.
“The new Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center is a state-of-the-art facility in many ways,” said Mark O’Bryant, CEO of Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. “Our advanced clinical technologies and innovative building design serve as a single point of service from diagnosis to survivorship for our patients and their families. Our newly awarded LEED® certification is one of the many ways we are giving our community an extra edge in their fight against cancer.”
“Our commitment to energy and sustainable development is part of Health Care REIT’s strategy to own the highest quality buildings while meeting the needs of our business and the environment,” said George L. Chapman, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Health Care REIT. “Our energy management program provides value to our tenants, health systems, operators and our shareholders. It is an integral part of our business strategy and we expect to continue to make sustainable investments.”
The company is also pursuing LEED® certification for several additional projects currently underway, including its corporate headquarters in Toledo, Ohio.
About Health Care REIT, Inc.
Health Care REIT, Inc., an S&P 500 company with headquarters in Toledo, Ohio, is a real estate investment trust that invests across the full spectrum of senior housing and health care real estate. The company also provides an extensive array of property management and development services. As of March 31, 2011, the company’s broadly diversified portfolio consisted of 727 properties in 44 states. More information is available on the company’s website at www.hcreit.com.
About U.S. Green Building Council
The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council has advised Health Care REIT of the following information about its organization: USGBC is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprising 80 local affiliates, more than 18,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 155,000 LEED® Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students. Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.
The U.S. Green Building Council has advised Health Care REIT of the following information about LEED®: The USGBC’s LEED® green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Over 32,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED® rating systems, comprising over 9.6 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 114 countries. By using less energy, LEED®-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community. USGBC was co-founded by current President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi, who spent 25 years as a Fortune 500 executive. Under his 15-year leadership, the organization has become the preeminent green building, membership, policy, standards, influential, education and research organization in the nation.
Health Care REIT, Inc.
Jennifer Steiner, 419-247-2800
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