Nashville School Sings A Green Tune

Becoming a nurse on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., is about to get a whole lot greener. The university has begun construction on its second LEED-registered building, a nursing academic building expected to be complete just in time for the 2012 school year.

This new new 24,800-square-foot green building project was designed to achieve certification at the silver level, earning points for its sustainable systems and features, including recycled-content building materials, low-emission paints and adhesives, energy-efficient windows and roofs, and ground-sourced geothermal heating and cooling. If certified upon completion, the building will become Lipscomb’s second LEED building on campus.

LEED nursing school, Lipscomb University

image via Lipscomb University

The new nursing building (pictured above), to be constructed at a cost of $8.5-million, will feature a 16-bed training area that resembles a hospital floor and is equipped with “lifelike patient mannequins” that can be programmed to simulate a variety of illnesses and responses. Also part of the layout is an assessment skills lab with a 12-station unit for use by nursing, pharmacy and other health sciences students in practicing physical assessment and diagnostic skills, as well as space for immunization training, safety training and CPR certification.

“Every new or renovated building on campus in the past five years has focused on two primary principles: providing healthy working and learning environments and expressing Christian leadership through sustainable practices,” Dodd Galbreath, director of Lipscomb’s Institute for Sustainable Practice, said in a statement. She also noted that the university’s new nursing building will demonstrate the institution’s continued investment in cost saving and building standards that “benefit all creation.”

Upon earning LEED certification, Lipscomb University’s new nursing building will be one of 33 such buildings in Nashville and the seventh such higher education building project in city.

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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