Wednesday, August 22, 2012
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File Photo - The new catheterization labs at the Gwinnett Medical Center's Strickland Heart Center.
LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Strickland Heart Center has earned LEED certification for environmentally friendly design, construction and operation.
The cardiac facility at Gwinnett Medical Center's Lawrenceville campus -- the first and only open heart center in Gwinnett -- officially opened in January. The 40,000-square-foot facility has now earned LEED silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for "successful implementation of the latest sustainable building technologies to achieve maximum energy saving without compromising programmatic requirements or user comforts," officials announced Wednesday.
Construction teams for the Strickland Heart Center included architects Perkins and Will, contractor J.E. Dunn and internal staff.
"The entire team realized and embraced our vision of achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health related to the Strickland Heart Center construction," GMC-Lawrenceville COO Jay Dennard said in a statement. "The facility has been designed and built for the future while promoting patient healing and care."
Qualifications necessary to achieve silver certification include: A comprehensive waste management program that diverted over 90 percent of construction waste from landfills; various design features that improve energy efficiency by 19 percent over baseline measures; and the use of regional products and products containing recycled content.
Approximately 185 open heart surgeries have been performed at the Strickland Heart Center to date, GMC spokeswoman Beth Okun said Wednesday. Physicians there have performed hundreds more percutaneous coronary intervention -- angioplasty and stenting -- procedures since its opening as well.