Penn Medicine’s Pavilion Marks a Healthcare First with LEED Gold Building Certification for Sustainability

Article | Penn Medicine News

Penn Medicine’s new Pavilion on the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s campus has broken new ground for sustainable healthcare construction and design with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The 17-story, future-ready patient facility is the largest certified project in the world to achieve Gold certification or higher in LEED v4 Healthcare.

Southland Industries prefabricated and manufactured 25 percent of off-site material, including more than 570 mechanical, electrical, and plumbing racks and all 504 bathrooms for each patient room. This process minimized on-site waste, reduced traffic impact and site congestion, increased quality, and lowered cost. The facility was constructed to cut 30 percent of typical indoor water use and more than 20 percent of the water required for the building’s HVAC equipment is provided by water captured (rainwater, condensate, and foundation dewatering) and reused onsite.

The energy efficiency efforts in the Pavilion will save more than 14 percent in annual energy costs. The building itself also utilizes 100 percent outside air HVAC system, using energy recovery wheels to capture and repurpose waste energy.

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