Fort Belvoir Community Hospital Achieves LEED Gold Certification

July 23, 2012

The U.S. Green Building Council announced the 1.2 million square foot Fort Belvoir Community Hospital achieved LEED Gold certification.  It is the largest hospital to date to achieve LEED Gold.

Opened in August 2011, Fort Belvoir represents a transformation of the Military Health System as it uses research to improve patient outcomes, increase customer loyalty and achieve higher levels of staff satisfaction.  

Dozens of innovative green design and building strategies contributed to the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital's LEED Gold certification.  
  • Location - the hospital serves military personnel throughout the DC Metro area, many transportation and service options are available for building users.
  • Substantial energy savings - The building is designed to consume 27.6% less energy than a typical hospital, which equals 15% cost savings or approximately $450,000 per year.  It also saves approximately 4,000 tons in CO2 emissions.
  • Water savings - curved roofs (pictured) direct rainwater into drain pipes and into rain barrels.  the rainwater collection system will provide 91% of the water for landscaping which will save 1.6 million gallons of potable water per year.
  • Increased indoor air quality - materials and finishes used in the hospital promote a calming, healing environment and contain low-emitting paints, coatings, and adhesives.
  • Materials and resources - the construction team recycled 92% of the construction waste generated, approximately 11,500 tons of waste.

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