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Sustainability case study
The Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando is a fully pediatric integrated healthcare facility that is designed to focus on enhancing the healthcare experience for patients and their families. This seven story, 633,000-SF free-standing pediatric specialty hospital was constructed on a 60-acre greenfield site in Orlando’s Medical City development. The 400,000-SF in-patient portion of the facility includes 95 private patient rooms, an OR Suite with five operating rooms, two special procedures rooms, one IR room, an Imaging department with MRI, CT, Nuclear Medicine, and two R/F rooms, full food service facilities, lab and pharmacy. The 200,000-SF clinic includes 85 exam rooms that support the Nemours physician staff practice, as well as an education center with conference facilities and a 225-seat auditorium. Mechanical services are provided by an onsite central energy plant that is sized to provide for the eventual build-out of the campus. A 900-car parking garage provides parking for staff and visitors.
The design theme was a “Hospital in a Garden,” and the building incorporates a pair of roof gardens, healing and discovery gardens, all with native Florida plant materials that reduce the amount of water and fertilizer required for ongoing maintenance of the grounds. On opening day the goal was to have as much of the gardens established as possible and looking like they had been there for years. The first phase of installing landscaping started almost immediately upon project award – including seeding approximately 33 acres of the site with native grasses (which require three-to-five growing seasons to become fully established). By focusing on installing all of the site infrastructure (storm and sanitary sewer mains, primary electrical ductbank, and site water mains) in the outparcels that were to receive the native seeding material, the team was able to provide three growing seasons on most of that material. In addition, the construction of the site retaining walls was accelerated and the grading around them in order to plant the creeping fig vines early enough that the walls would be covered with the vines on opening day.
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Sustainable features of this project include a terracotta rain screen; a heat recovery system; native seeding; a water reclamation system that enables the facility to eliminate the use of potable water for irrigation; and medium power, high efficiency equipment.
This specialized Children’s Hospital mainly focuses on acute diseases. Nemours will not turn any child away; thus, the hospital benefits both the local and greater community by providing healthcare services for children, regardless of their insurance status. Skanska is very involved with the local fundraising efforts through Nemours, such as collaborations with the American Heart Association, March of Dimes and Make a Wish Foundation.
Skanska hosted a carnival themed topping-out party in which families and friends of those working on the project were invited to participate when the structure was complete.
During tours of the project, visitors witness recycling techniques used on the project, such as the diversion of the onsite Styrofoam from the dumpster.
When the building opens, there will be kiosks in the hospital that show the energy and water savings of the building, as well as describe the green aspects of the facility.
Skanska invited the local fire department to demonstrate to the project team the proper way to handle an injured person and how to properly extinguish a fire. The jobsite also won a Safety Week poster contest in October 2011.
Skanska is helping promote healthy living by pairing up with the local YMCA and hosting health fairs onsite. During the summer and the fall, the jobsite staff participates in onsite heart walks that are organized by Skanska through our involvement with the American Heart Association. In addition, every two weeks, there is a short walk in which the focus is to discuss healthy and safe lifestyle habits.
The Children’s Hospital is part of a “Medical City” in Lake Nona. Because the area is not yet well populated, locals will benefit from services being built around the Medical City as the growth creates more jobs and opportunities for the Lake Nona community.
Minority participation on the project is above 15 percent. Skanska hosted many MWBE sessions where large subcontractors and minority subcontractors had the opportunity to network. Skanska also took that time to educate MWBE and locally owned businesses on Skanska’s processes and procedures.
The facility is bordered by wetlands on the north. Measures such as flocking and using a flume with jute were taken to ensure storm overflow will be filtered and cleaned before entering the wetland in seasons of heavy rainfall.