Kaiser Westside achieves lead goal of LEED Gold

Dan Green and other Kaiser managers made their marks when the hospital earned LEED Gold status.

Dan Green and other Kaiser managers made their marks when the hospital earned LEED Gold status.

Even before its Aug. 6 opening, Kaiser’s Westside Medical Center has brought home the gold.

The facility has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold status from the U.S. Green Building Council. The facility becomes the second Portland-area hospital to receive the designation. It is also one of just 36 hospitals nationally to earn the honors.

Dan Green, a Kaiser project director, told Sustainable Business Oregon in 2010 that the facility would be “energy intensive.”

To that end, the facility will collect rainwater in underground tanks, then use power generated from rooftop solar panels to pump the stored rainwater through its irrigation system for landscaping.

It also selected building materials that contain no dioxins, lead, cadmium, mercury and other potentially harmful chemicals.

Kaiser’s leaders, including President Andrew McCulloch, will detail the facility’s LEED status, as well as its various sustainable features, at a Wednesday morning press event.

Kaiser officials said the company saves more than $10 million per year through its sustainability efforts. It has also eliminated the purchase and disposal of 40 tons of harmful chemicals in its facilities.

The Westside facility will cost $360 million.

Under the LEED system, buildings receive points in such categories as sustainable site selection, water efficiency, material sourcing and energy use.

Editor's note: Another headline for this story incorrectly indicated the Westside facility is the state's first to achieve LEED Gold status. Providence's Newberg facility earned the designation in 2006.

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