Laguna Honda Becomes First LEED-Certified Hospital in California
by Nicholas Tamarin | Thursday, July 1, 2010 | 1 Comment
The City By the Bay just got it’s first LEED-Certified hospital as San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom cut the ribbon on the new 650,000-square-foot Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center by Anshen+Allen and Stantec Architecture on June 26.
Operated by the San Francisco Department of Public Health, the facility is also the first hospital in the state to receive certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and snagged a LEED Silver rating from the organization.
The nursing and rehabilitation center, located in San Francisco’s Twin Peaks neighborhood, consists of 500,000 square feet of new construction and 150,000 square feet of remodeled space. It includes an acute general medical facility with 30 beds, a 750-bed skilled nursing facility, a central esplanade with a wellness and community center, aviary, library, barber shop, beauty salon, art studios, general store, gift shop, and cafeteria.
The challenge for the architecture team, including Anshen+Allen principal Benji Larance and director of design Jeff Logan, was to incorporate the two new resident buildings with 150-year-old landmark campus’s existing 1920’s Spanish Revival buildings. The firms incorporated several traits from old buildings into the new ones, including protected courtyards between the wings, basic punched openings in plaster walls, and lively terminations in living rooms.
The two new residential towers, which will begin to be occupied in August, are six and seven stories, respectively, and are linked by a four-story pavilion building which bridges the valleys between the two hills they rest upon. “The pavilion is the literal and figurative bridge between past, present, and future,” says Logan.
That future is a green one, too. The hospital is designed to use 30-percent less energy than required by building code and boasts high-performance insulation and glazing and an Energy Star-rated roof. Its efficient mechanical design relies on evaporative cooling which eliminates the need for cooling towers that are typical in hospitals but consume large quantities of water. Low-flow plumbing fixtures also help to reduce water usage. Material and finishes are all low-VOC to improve air quality and the hospital’s ventilation system provides 100 percent fresh outside air at all times, allowing patients to breathe a little easier.
Photography by Bruce Damonte.
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