St. Catharines Hospital Achieves LEED Silver Certification

March 10, 2015

The Niagara Health System's St. Catharines and Walker Family Cancer Centre has achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certified status with the Canada Green Building Council.

The 980,805-square-foot complex, which opened at First Street and Fourth Avenue in March 2013, was awarded the LEED Silver standard after earning more than 30 credits in the green building rating system.

B+H and Silver Thomas Hanley are joint venture architects on this state-of-the-art project. The full project team includes design-builder PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (in partnership with project sponsor Plenary Group), facilities maintenance provider Johnson Controls and consulting engineer Halsall.

“By using less energy and water, LEED-certified buildings reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to a healthier environment for patients, staff and the wider community," said Amir Gill, regional director of capital planning, engineering and biomedical engineering at the NHS, in a release. "This also helps reduce the hospital’s operating costs, which benefits the entire healthcare system.”

Highlights of the St. Catharines Site include:

  • High-performance building exterior, including a white roof that reduces heat island effect, keeping the interior temperature cooler in summer and warmer in winter;
  • Optimized energy performance, including efficient lighting design and the extensive use of natural light throughout the building;
  • A reduction of water use by more than 20 per cent through the use of water-efficient plumbing fixtures;
  • Water-efficient landscaping (potable water use for irrigation has been reduced by more than 50% through the use of high-efficiency irrigation technology and drought tolerant plants);
  • 20 per cent of construction materials contain recycled content

This project was delivered on time and on budget under Ontario’s Alternative Finance and Procurement (AFP) model. Find out more about the project here.


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