COLUMBIA, Mo. — University of Missouri Health Care announced today (Thursday, May 12) that the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification as a high-performance green building.
The LEED program was established by the U.S. Green Building Council. It is verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).
“LEED-certified buildings such as the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute contribute to a healthier environment for our patients, families and the entire community,” said Jim Ross, chief executive officer of University of Missouri Health Care. “In keeping with our mission of improving the health of all Missourians, we are striving for sustainable, environmentally efficient buildings in all new construction, including our Patient Care Tower addition to University Hospital now in progress.”
The Missouri Orthopaedic Institute achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
LEED certification of the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute was based on a number of green design and construction features including a white roof that reflects sunlight and its radiant heat, banks of windows that allow natural lighting of lobbies, patient rooms and conference rooms, high-efficiency plumbing features and sustainable landscaping to save water, use of low-toxicity interior finishes, and bike racks to encourage carbon-free transportation.
According to the Green Building Certification Institute, buildings in the United States are responsible for 39 percent of carbon dioxide emissions, 40 percent of energy consumption, 13 percent of water consumption and 15 percent of the gross domestic product per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity.
University of Missouri Health Care opened the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute on May 26, 2010. The institute is the newest and largest freestanding orthopaedic hospital in central Missouri. The $53.8 million facility provides orthopaedic patients with a full range of care — from inpatient orthopaedic surgery to rehabilitation services — in a single location.
“This facility was designed and built with the needs of orthopaedic patients as our central focus,” said James Stannard, MD, chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the MU School of Medicine and J. Vernon Luck Sr. Distinguished Professor. “It offers convenient access for patients with wheelchairs and crutches, and patient rooms designed for efficient orthopaedic care. The first thing that patients notice when they enter our new facility is that it is very supportive of what they need. Everything is designed specifically for the orthopaedic patient.”
The facility includes 45 exam rooms, six operating rooms (one procedure room with C-arm and fluoroscopy capabilities), 18 private inpatient beds, a full-service pharmacy, radiology services, with X-ray and MRI, rehabilitation services, prosthetic and orthotic services, and a dining area called the Atrium Café.
The 114,000 square-foot building houses approximately 200 physicians and staff, including more than 20 University Physicians orthopaedic surgeons who specialize in sports medicine, joint replacement, pediatrics, hip and knee, foot and ankle, shoulder, hand, spine and trauma care.
The design and construction of the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute was overseen by Clarissa Easton, AIA, chief facilities officer at University of Missouri Health Care. The design and construction team included Cannon Design, Henneman Engineering, JE Dunn Construction, MU Campus Facilities, and MU Energy Management.