LEED Project Tour - Norton Cancer Institute - April 2014
"Breathtaking" is the term often used to describe the Norton Cancer Institute. During the Kentucky USGBC LEED Project Tour on Wednesday, April 2, visitors discovered the breathtaking spaces, decor and art, while learning about all of the healthy, sustainable features of this LEED Certified building.
Norton hosts Wayne Ramsey, Mark Bassett and Joe Myers led the LEED Project Tour, which explored two floors of the 65,000 square foot cancer treatment and research facility in downtown Louisville, including:
- First floor Radiation Center with world-class technology
- Pediatric Playspace, with the EyeClick motion-activated video floor game
- Healing Garden & Meditation Room with labyrinth
Second Floor Multidisciplinary Center
- Multidisciplinary specialty centers/clinics including a brain tumor center, survivorship clinic, lung cancer clinic and sarcoma clinic.
- The patient’s team of doctors meet in this space, which keeps patient care in one place and focused on one or two appointments.
- Ché Rhodes' sculpture of 36 pairs of hands of cancer patients and their caregivers, cast in glass
- Kenneth von Roenn, Jr. glass art window
- Cast glass panels and divider wall by Bryan Holden
- Iron work handrail by Craig Kaviar in the Healing Garden
Design principles recognized for improving health, healing and quality of life.
Healing principles – related to shapes, lighting, colors, forms, function, texture, materials and art – have been applied throughout the center to reflect an environment of warmth and healing. These design features include the selection of natural finish materials and colors to provide an overall soothing and calming environment for patients and visitors.
LEED principles for a truly green, healthy space
Visitors learned about LEED features throughout, which include a highly efficient heating and cooling system and special design features to reduce energy consumption while enhancing air quality and ventilation; an enhanced commissioning process that ensures that all systems were operating as designed before the facility opens; filtration of all drainage through a water quality basin before discharge into the city system; special landscaping to reduce the amount of irrigation required for maintenance; and building design and location to take advantage of the public transportation system and encourage staff to bike to work.
Joining the Norton hosts was much of the core LEED project team. An 8-member contingent from Abel Construction Company provided insights into LEED credits and green features. Special thanks to LEED Green Associate, Crystal Schiess and LEED AP, Project Admin and architect, Paul Hirn, from Abel.
Architects Paul Torp and Daniel Preston, from Architection provided additional insights into their area of expertise, which is architecture and construction for oncology facilities.
Kris Campbell from MEP engineers Biagi, Chance, Cummins, London, Titzer, Inc., commented on the mechanical and electrical systems that serve and support the sophisticated technologies associated with the treatment and well-being of patients. The energy efficient MEP design follows LEED principles to ensure reduced energy consumption and enhance air quality:
- Water reduction of 23% by using low flow water technology and hands-free flush valves
- Energy cost savings of 12.47% utilizing motion sensors, reduced interior lighting power, variable air and water flow HVAC systems, water saving fixtures and district steam and chilled water.
- The MEP design surpassed the baseline standards required by ASHRAE, such as increased outdoor air delivery and monitoring, and reduced lighting levels.
Thanks to Norton Cancer Institute for providing beverages and light snacks for the event as well.