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{Past Event} - Green Construction Series: Pioneering the Platinum Path for Healthcare

April 16, 2010 - 2:00 pm - April 16, 2010 - 2:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


Completed in 2007, the new Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin is the only inpatient hospital to achieve LEED platinum level certification. The facility is part of a 700 acre new urbanist development on the brownfield site of a former municipal airport. The contextual low rise structure is pierced by six courtyards, each of which has a distinct landscape inspired by the native plants from the different eco-regions of the hospital’s 46 county service area – thus connecting families to the familiar, while educating them about the broader region. The courtyards provide natural light – most areas are no further than 32 from an exterior wall – and also serve as the lungs of the building, providing cooler, cleaner fresh air to the many air handling units distributed throughout the building.

An on-site natural gas fired energy plant that produces electricity 70% more efficiently than an off-site coal fired plant is a key green feature of the campus. It uses its byproduct – steam – to supply steam and chilled water to both the hospital campus as well as surrounding buildings in the neighborhood. The benefits of this strategy, combined with abundant natural light, views and access to nature and the use of environmentally friendly finishes all contribute to providing central Texas with a unique healing environment that is not only appealing to patients and families, but plays a key role in recruiting and retaining employees, critical in an industry experiencing a shortage of key staff.

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Joe Kuspan, AIA, Karlsberger
Telephone: 614-255-3660
For more than 30 years, Joe Kuspan has devoted his career to planning and designing healing environments that embrace, encourage and entertain patients, their families and caregivers. An award-winning designer at Karlsberger, he has been at the forefront of design trends such as private rooms and family-centered spaces, and is an advocate for sustainability. Most recently, Joe was the lead architectural designer and campus master planner for Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, TX, the first hospital in the world to achieve LEED® platinum-level certification. Joe received his bachelor’s of architecture from the University of Notre Dame, and his master’s of architecture from the Ohio State University.

Alan Bell, AIA LEED AP, Seton Network Facilities
Telephone: 512-324-7645
Alan Bell has 30 years of experience in the design and construction of various types of facilities. Alan is the Director for Design and Construction for the Seton Family of Hospitals. He has been with Seton since October 2004. In the last year, Seton Network Facilities successfully opened the new Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas (DCMCCT) and the new Seton Medical Center Williamson. Prior to joining Seton, Alan worked for more than six years at Dell Inc. as Facilities Manager/Corporate Architect.

Phillip Risner, P.E. , Seton Network Facilities
Telephone: 512-633-6499
Phil Risner, P.E. has over 30 years of experience in consulting, facilities engineering and project management. From 2003 through 2008, Phil served as a Seton project manager for the design and construction of the Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, and was responsible for the commissioning activities for the project as well as project close out. Phil recently completed a Neurosurgical Intraoperative MRI Suite Addition at Dell Children’s Medical Center.

Dylan Siegler, LEED AP , Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems
Telephone: 512-928-4786
Dylan Siegler, Associate Principal at the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, provides sustainable design and LEED consulting services to commercial, residential, civic, and heath care projects. Recently completed projects include Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, the first acute care hospital in the world to achieve LEED Platinum certification, and its neighbor, Ronald McDonald House of Austin and Central Texas, the first LEED for New Construction project in the Austin area to be awarded LEED Platinum certification.

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