Austin medical center achieves LEED Silver certification

June 25, 2014
Medical Construction & Design

Lakeway Regional Medical Center in Texas recently received LEED Silver certification and a 3-star rating from Austin Energy Green Building, according to an article on the Medical Construction & Design e-newsletter.

The design team maximized the tight, steep building site by creating a tall and relatively narrow building, with dramatic views and an abundance of natural daylight, the article said. 

The building was designed to have a compact footprint, while allowing for future expansion. Fifty-seven percent of the building site was restored using native and adapted landscaping, maintaining the natural habitat and reducing water consumption associated with irrigation by about 75 percent. 

Landscaping around the building helps control daylighting inside the hospital, and provides shaded gardens and water features, the article said.

Energy-efficient HVAC and lighting contributed to the building’s 23.7 percent energy savings.

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