Northwestern Grayslake Expansion Awarded Eco-friendly LEED Silver Certification
Northwestern Medicine Grayslake Outpatient Center November 13, 2011
LEED is a performance oriented system designed for rating buildings based on energy and environmental principles for sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor air quality and innovation and design process. Northwestern Medicine Grayslake is committed to using environmentally sustainable practices as it delivers top-tier healthcare to the community.
“Northwestern Medicine invests in world-class facilities by constructing environmentally friendly buildings so that we can deliver exceptional healthcare programs that protect our patients in facilities that also protect our environment,” said Thomas J. McAfee, president of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, which operates the Northwestern Medicine Grayslake facility. “The cancer and surgery centers are a great example of that commitment to our communities.”
The expansion design and construction team used materials made of a high percentage of recycled substances and installed plumbing fixtures that conserve water. The team also recycled more than 75 percent of the construction waste, preventing it from entering landfills.
“In every project we strive to create practical and innovative spaces,” Plunkett Raysich Architects’ LEED team administrator Daniel J. Becker said. “We are grateful to have been able to partner with Northwestern Medicine Grayslake in creating the surgery and cancer centers. It allowed us to incorporate sustainable features that contributed to this LEED certification.”
The expansion has afforded local residents more convenient access to high-quality care. Patients can now receive vital cancer treatments and outpatient surgeries closer to home. Northwestern Medicine Grayslake opened the cancer center in October 2010 and the surgery center in June 2011 to provide added convenience patients living in western Lake County.