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Northwestern Grayslake Expansion Awarded LEED Silver Status

Northwestern Medicine Grayslake Outpatient Center January 12, 2014

LEED status recognizes the expansion project’s environmentally friendly design

GRAYSLAKE, IL – The expansion project at Northwestern Medicine Grayslake has been officially certified for its environmentally friendly design, becoming the most recent of many Northwestern Medicine health system construction projects to be nationally recognized for being “green.” Grayslake Phase III, a three-story, 90,000-square-foot addition to the existing outpatient facility, was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver status by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Grayslake expansion"This achievement continues to emphasize our commitment to sustainability and our focus on making our campuses green," says James J. Mladucky, AIA, ACHA, CCS, director of Facility Planning and Construction for Northwestern Memorial HealthCare.

Earning LEED status is a priority for Northwestern Medicine. The health system is committed to building designs and renovation projects that incorporate “green” elements such as:

  • Roof gardens
  • Energy efficient heating and cooling systems
  • Use of local materials
  • Water conserving plumbing fixtures
  • High efficiency windows and glazing systems
The Grayslake expansion project includes the relocation of a retention pond and associated wetlands area, the creation of a healing garden and clinical expansion space targeted for cancer, orthopaedics and rehabilitation services. It also includes support and clinic space for the new Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency program.

There are four LEED Certification levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. They are awarded based on how many strategies are incorporated into a project to increase performance, reduce waste and improve quality of life. Northwestern Medicine Grayslake Cancer and Surgery Centers achieved LEED Certified level in 2011.

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