Committed to Sustainability
Healthy environments foster healthy people. Our green efforts significantly improve the resource and energy effectiveness of the Van Ness and Geary Campus and are an integral part of our construction and operational philosophy. HerreroBOLDT’s lean construction practices and SmithGroupJJR's project design are the first steps in making the eventual operation and management of CPMC 2020 sustainable and efficient.
The hospital at the Van Ness Campus aims for LEED certification, with the medical office building set to achieve LEED Silver status. This will be one of the largest LEED certified hospital campuses in the world and only the fourth LEED certified hospital in California. CPMC 2020 will set the trend for green and healthy construction.
Five separate roof gardens will crown the Van Ness Campus, adding 25,000 square feet of green space. Key features of the gardens will be designed by Rana Creek, who brought to life the roof of the California Academy of Science. Shady oak woodlands and coastal meadow plants will soothe and provide respite within the hospital’s urban location. Native wildflowers will bloom with seasonal color and perennial plants will attract pollinators and Monarch butterflies, forging a healing habitat.
Storm Water Management
The Van Ness Campus’ green roofs will also act as protection against storm water runoff. Rainwater will be captured and used to drip-irrigate planting areas on the roof garden, saving 180,000 gallons of drinkable water per year that would otherwise be sent to the sewer and storm water system.
Energy and Water Efficiency
Efficient construction results in a facility that focuses on conserving resources. The Van Ness Campus will use 14 percent less power than the average US hospital. Energy use will be reduced by designing 80 percent of patient rooms to receive direct natural sunlight. LED bulbs will generate more light at lower temperatures, creating less heat in areas such as surgical and operating rooms. Displacement ventilation will allow the hospital to deliver 100 percent fresh outdoor air to all spaces instead of recirculated air.
High-efficiency low-flow plumbing fixtures will save more than 3 million gallons of water per year. Non-chemical water treatment will also be employed at the cooling tower, dramatically reducing and ensuring chemical-free water waste.