LEED Goes To Washington Medical Facility

Issaquah, Washington, has a new claim to green fame–a LEED Gold certified medical facility. The new HighMark Medical Center has been hailed by Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council, as demonstrating “tremendous green building leadership.”

Highmark Investments’ (HMI) CEO Michael Kerby stated that while LEED Gold was goal from the start of the project, the team–composed of architects Lance Mueller & Associates and Bob Fadden, with Rushforth Construction, PacLand, Talasaea, and consultant ArchEcology–was challenged at times, and relied on collaboration and diligence to ensure they reached that goal.

Highmark Medical Center, WA

image via Highmark Investments

The medical center features a rain garden and low-energy lighting, as well as water-use reduction strategies. Attention to staff and client health is demonstrated through environmentally–friendly janitorial services, pest control prevention and landscaping practices.

Fedrizzi went on to note that the urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and that the HighMark Medical Center serves as a prime example with just how much can be accomplished.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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