Tower Sets Green Milestone With LEED Designation

Rush’s Tower is the largest new-construction health care facility in the world to to receive LEED Gold certification.

One of Chicago’s most distinctive new buildings has now been certified as among the greenest.

Rush University Medical Center’s innovative new hospital building, the Tower, which opened in January, has earned LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. It is the largest new construction healthcare project in the world to be LEED Gold certified.

The new hospital building, located at 1620 W. Harrison Street, is the only full-service green hospital in Chicago. Perkins+Will designed the new hospital. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

From the outset of our facilities planning, we made a commitment to sustainability because in the long run it is good for our patients, our employees and the entire community,” said Peter Butler, president and chief operating officer of Rush.

Rush earned high marks for green design, construction and operation. Rush achieved LEED Gold certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. Hundreds of energy savings ideas have been incorporated into the planning, construction and design.

Read the entire news release and take a look at the video below for an overview of the Rush Transformation’s environmentally friendly efforts.


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