Health. It’s not just about doctors and medicine. It’s also about the environment and the world in which we live.
That was the theme of an award ceremony held at the new Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas on Tuesday. The 517,000 square foot hospital on Red River Street earned not only a LEED Gold certification, but also an Austin Energy Green Building 4-star rating for its green design and construction methods.
And that’s not all. The Dell Seton Medical Center is also tied into the Performance Excellence In Electricity Renewal or PEER certified grid at UT Austin. In 2014, UT became the first PEER-certified campus in the world because of its excellency in grid efficiency and performance.
The hospital is also part of the university’s SITES-certified campus. SITES is a comprehensive program for designing, developing, and maintaining sustainable landscapes.
And that’s still not all. The University of Texas has also received LEED Gold certification for three other buildings that are part of the UT Medical District.
“I hope that someday this kind of construction and this project and what has been done here is going to be ordinary,” said Austin Mayor Steve Adler at the award ceremony. “But it is still not to that place and right now what has happened here is extraordinary. This shows how much we can accomplish at the local level.”