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Medical center on San Juan Island looks to achieve carbon neutrality

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Medical center on San Juan Island looks to achieve carbon neutrality


By Leslie Streicher, Associate Editor | September 12, 2011

A paragon of sustainability for hospitals nationwide, the PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center planned for construction on San Juan Island, Wash., will purchase green power to achieve carbon neutrality. Only 7% of the 38,000-sf hospital’s source energy will come from fossil fuels. The facility is expected to cost $13 million to build.  Solar heating, natural ventilation, and daylighting will help the building achieve its energy goals, while narrow building depths at clinical areas will drive daylight to main workspaces. Two wetlands on the site will absorb runoff from the parking lot. Pedestrian walkways linked to a bus stop will encourage the use of public transportation. Mahlum (architect) and Howard S. Wright Constructors head the Building Team.

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