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Green features help transform hospital

By Andy Miller
Georgia Health News

The greenest hospital in Georgia was considered a dinosaur five years ago. Its electrical and mechanical systems were outdated, its brick façade breaking down, its emergency department and patient rooms poorly configured.

Now, a $43 million transformation of the hospital, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding, has created an up-to-date facility with environmentally friendly and cost-saving features.

Children’s at Hughes Spalding became the first hospital in the state to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating of Gold from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED is considered a key benchmark for green construction.

The pediatric facility, designed by HKS Architects, was completed in August, replacing a 1950s-era building on the same corner of the Grady Health System campus in downtown Atlanta. Grady still owns Hughes Spalding, though the facility has been managed and operated by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta since 2006.

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