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Medical Center Goes Green for Expansion and Renovation
Date:1/15/2010

MIDLAND, Mich., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Long before the groundbreaking late in 2007, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability were in the plans for the $115-million expansion and renovation now under construction at MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland.

As work progresses on the 280,000-square-foot project, containing new operating rooms, private patient rooms, and a new atrium style entrance and lobby, systems now being installed will provide long-term cost savings and minimize the environmental footprint over the life of the building.

"We knew we had to make dozens of separate decisions right the first time," said Mike Erickson, vice president of facilities and construction for MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland. "It would be cost-prohibitive, difficult or impossible to retrofit these kinds of building systems after the fact, and we felt they would be even more important in the future than they are today."

Designed by HDR Architecture, Inc. of Chicago, the project calls on design and building standards from the U.S. Green Building Council's program for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®). "Green design" focuses on sustainable site planning, safeguarding water and water efficiency, energy efficiency and renewable energy, conservation of materials and resources and indoor environmental quality.

Indoor air quality

The building's air quality system is a particularly forward-thinking feature. While its job is to control infection and keep the building's air healthy and comfortable, energy savings and reduced maintenance come along with the package. Contracted by Ingenuity IEQ of Midland, the system is based on a Genesis Air System and Theris
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