Cleveland’s Global Center for Health Innovation Earns LEED Gold
- Nov 08, 2014
By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor
Cleveland’s $465 million Global Center for Health Innovation and Convention Center is now LEED Gold certified, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald announced at the end of October.
The facility opened last year, ahead of schedule and slightly under budget. It earned LEED certification for green design and construction in the use of energy, lighting, water, and materials, as well as a variety of other sustainable strategies.
The features that earned Gold certification for the facility include plumbing fixtures that cut water consumption, energy savings through the extensive use of windows and reduced lighting usage, diverting more than 80% of waste to recycling centers, green cleaning practices, and a white roof that limits heat absorption.
The developers used construction materials with reduced environmental impact and recycled more than 95% of the half-million tons of debris generated during construction. The convention center was constructed below grade, with a 12.5-acre green roof. And the mall offers 275 bike racks, to encourage the use of alternate transportation.
“Environmentally sustainable projects not only promote good stewardship of our natural resources, they also help create good-paying jobs and economic growth in Northeast Ohio,” FitzGerald said in a statement. “By earning LEED Gold certification, today’s announcement recognizes the significant progress we’ve made to enact commonsense green policies in Cuyahoga County.”
Photo credit: Turner Construction