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Phoebe Sumter LEEDing the way

"Phoebe Putney Health System was excited to rebuild the post-tornado PSMC campus. Our focus was driven by not replacing the past, but rather designing and building for the future. The quest for LEED certification was very much a consideration throughout the design and construction process. We are proud that all four buildings are now officially certified," commented Phoebe CEO Joel Wernick. / Phoebe Putney


Phoebe Sumter Medical Center has received LEED Silver certification from U.S. Green Building Council on the fourth and final building, making it the first LEED-Silver certified medical center campus in Georgia according to a press release issued by Phoebe.

"Phoebe Putney Health System was excited to rebuild the post-tornado PSMC campus. Our focus was driven by not replacing the past, but rather designing and building for the future. The quest for LEED certification was very much a consideration throughout the design and construction process. We are proud that all four buildings are now officially certified," commented Phoebe CEO Joel Wernick.

To achieve Silver certification, numerous sustainable strategies were employed. Highlighted attributes include:

- Sustainable site features which include stormwater management quantity and quality control measures and accommodations to support alternative transportation.

- An installed irrigation system that utilizes captured rainwater and reduces potable water consumption for landscaping by 100% and total water consumption is reduced by 50%.

- Energy efficiency measures were designed in each of the facilities and include an improved thermal envelope, high efficiency glazing, reduced interior lighting power density and high efficiency HVAC systems.

- An extensive construction waste management program was employed diverting more than 1,400 tons of on-site generated construction waste from landfills.

- A 26,000-square-foot green roof top to improve the hospital's thermal performance as well as provides positive patient distractions. It has the distinction of being one of the largest green roofs in the Southeastern United States.

"Meeting LEED standards has been a goal from the beginning," said Keith Petersen, Phoebe Sumter CEO. "We are proud for our community to have earned this prestigious distinction. It speaks to our commitment to quality for our patients and for the environment."

Brasfield & Gorrie provided preconstruction and construction services for each of the facilities. Gresham, Smith and Partners provided planning, architecture, and interior design. KLMK Group provided strategic counsel in various areas including launch gap analysis, project management and transition planning and move management. TLC Engineering for Architecture provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and data/communication design services. These organizations worked in conjunction with Phoebe Putney Health System to design and build the healthcare campus after an EF3 tornado swept through Americus, Georgia in 2007, demolishing the community's previous facility.

December 2012 will mark the first anniversary of the new medical center.

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