Expanding its portfolio in the healthcare arena, St. Louis-based Vertegy announced recently that it has been tapped to lend its sustainable design and consulting services to the construction of an addition to the Hopedale Medical Complex in Illinois.
The project is expected to earn LEED Silver certification upon completion.
Vertegy was contracted by Space Architects to assist with the sustainable design of a new 40,000-sq-ft, one-story addition to Hopedale Medical Complex, a second generation, family-owned and operated facility located in a rural community about 45 minutes outside of Peoria, Ill.
Alberici Constructors Inc., Vertegy�s parent company, will act as the construction manager for the project. The hospital, which hopes to achieve greater recognition as a care center with the renovation, serves as a national model for independent rural health care delivery.
The project will add private and semi-private patient rooms, ICU care rooms and imaging equipment to the existing facility. Visitors and patients will be greeted by a new main entrance and emergency patients will enter the building through a new entrance as well. Vertegy will manage all LEED-related activities, including the facilitation of design integration, energy modeling and the U.S. Green Building Council�s LEED documentation and certification process.
Green aspects will include landscaped water features to aid in stormwater management; therapy gardens, adding to the site�s green open space; low-emitting construction materials for improved indoor air quality, and 30 percent water use reduction through the selection of high-efficiency fixtures.
The sustainable design of the Hopedale Medical Complex also seeks to create a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle within the small community of Hopedale. The addition to the hospital will feature a farmer�s market that will take shape right outside the main entrance and a community garden designed to promote healthy eating, both for those in the hospital�s assisted living facility and the surrounding community.
New streets will be added to better reconnect to the downtown area and help encourage new business within the region. Moreover, the facility will include new community spaces available for public use.