LEED designation bestowed on Phoebe Sumter

Phoebe Sumter Hospital looks ordinary from the outside. But take a closer look. This is a LEED Certified building, a certification that's been a long time coming.

"it started form the onset of the whole creative process of this whole campus. We saw that we had an opportunity to do something different."

The LEED certification process is a tough one.  "it's submitted to the United States Green Building Council and they're based in Washington D.C. And they have staff or independent entities come in and review the work to make sure that it was done according to the guidelines set forth. It's a really difficult process."

And meeting the standards is a cause for celebration, which they did today at the hospital.

"it was very important to us because we were very proud to be Georgia's first LEED Silver Certified campus." All of the buildings here meet the LEED Silver standard, which makes the facility one of a kind.  "we believe that this is in fact the first medical campus that's LEED certified in North America." There's something else unique that you can see from the ground... if you know where to look. 15:29:51 Back on the ground, you notice other unique features. From the parking spaces for Fuel Efficient cars to the landscaping that keeps some of the property in its natural state. Even the way that the grass is kept green is unique. This hill covers a cistern that collects rainfall which is in turn used to run the irrigation system. All of these things might cost a little more in the short term, but in the long run...

"it saves energy, which saves the hospital money." Which is why builders and architects are seeing more buildings being built to a greener standard. "it's really a national trend, we're advocates of that trend and it's our small way of contributing."

With the goal of saving on energy costs realized, Phoebe Sumter can now focus on saving patients.

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