Fairview clinic in Savage is LEED certified for sustainability

Fairview Clinics – Savage, 5725 Loftus Lane, was built
using many sustainable design and "green"
development techniques.
Oct. 3, 2013
Fairview’s commitment to keeping people healthy includes having “healthy” buildings as well.

The U.S. Green Building Council recently designated Fairview’s clinic in Savage, Minn., as certified in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). It’s the fifth Fairview clinic or clinic expansion to earn LEED certification.

“As a health care provider, we’re trying to impact our environment as minimally as possible,” says Dan Harrington, a facility manager in Fairview’s real estate department and a LEED accredited professional.

“Our mission is to improve the health of the communities we serve, and one way to do that is to emphasize sustainable design,” he adds. “It makes sense for our staff, our patients and our community.”

What makes the clinic environmentally friendly?
LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building was built using sustainable design and “green” development techniques.

Fairview Clinics – Savage, 5725 Loftus Lane, opened in March 2012. The building includes a primary care clinic as well as an Institute for Athletic Medicine clinic.
The porous parking lot surface allows water to soak into
the ground, reducing stormwater runoff.

Here are just some of the many sustainable features used in the construction of the building.

Sustainable site development:

  • a parking lot surface that allows water to soak into the ground to reduce stormwater runoff
  • a white reflective roof that reduces the “heat island effect”
  • outdoor lights that are designed to reduce light pollution and reduce glare at night for neighbors

Water efficiency:

  • no irrigation system; landscaping with drought-resistant turf grass and hardy, native plants
  • landscaping that requires no fertilizer and, therefore, creates no runoff
  • water use reduction through low-flow aerators and flush-o-meters

Energy efficiency:

  • at least 20 percent more energy efficient than traditional construction
  • increased insulation and a high-efficiency heating and cooling system
  • sensors that shut off lights when no one is in the room
  • a bike rack and shower to encourage employees to use alternative transportation
Solar tubes were used to allow more natural lighting into
the clinic.

Materials selection:

  • recycled content in building materials
  • regional materials and wood products from sustainable forestry practices
  • a vast majority of waste from construction was recycled—diverted from landfills or incineration

Indoor environmental quality:

  • increased ventilation
  • a monitoring system that automatically brings more outside air into the building if carbon dioxide(CO2) levels inside increase
  • use of low-emitting materials, including paints, sealants and carpeting

Innovation in design:

  • emphasis on daylight through the use windows and solar lighting tubes

Recognized for our sustainability efforts
In addition to its clinic in Savage, Fairview has earned LEED certification for its clinics in Maple Grove (Bass Lake) and Rosemount. In Minneapolis, two expansion projects at Fairview Clinics – Hiawatha and at Fairview Clinics – Bloomington Lake, Minneapolis were LEED certified as commercial interiors.

Fairview has garnered numerous awards for its sustainability work, including the Minnesota Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention in 2011 and a Practice Greenhealth “System for Change” Environmental Excellence Award in 2013. Becker’s Hospital Review recently named Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina to its list of the 50 Greenest Hospitals in America.

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