A LEED Gold certificate from the US Green Building Council has been awarded to the orthopedic building at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, US.
The 220,000ft² building, which opened in December 2009, is located at the south-west corner of Ashland Avenue and Harrison Street.
Designed by Perkins+Will, the building employs energy-efficient and sustainable strategies including systems for lighting, heating and cooling.
An extensive green roof and permeable paving reduces the storm water run-off by 25% and solar reflectivity prevents heat absorption.
Pepper Construction served as construction manager for the project.
The structure used locally sourced recycled building materials and it was also equipped with low-flow plumbing fixtures and water-efficient landscaping.
The new building is part of a campus renovation project, Rush Transformation, and includes construction of a new 841,000ft² hospital building that will open in 2012.
Rush said that it was also seeking LEED Gold certification for the new hospital building.
Rush Transformation will see Perkins+Will design the other structures while Powers/Jacobs is serving as construction manager for the whole project.