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Kaiser Permanente's San Ramon Medical Offices Earns LEED Gold Status

Original post made by D. Erickson on May 12, 2014

Kaiser Permanente's San Ramon Medical Offices have earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification designation for its commitment to sustainability and environmentally-friendly design.

LEED is a rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council that serves as a guide for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Buildings are awarded points for environmentally significant practices and sustainable features. The LEED certification system's rigorous strategies for such features as pedestrian friendliness, sustainable site development, water and energy use, indoor environmental quality and chemical avoidance have made it an influential force in building design.

The three-story 67,000-square-foot San Ramon Medical Offices opened November 14, 2013 in the Bishop Ranch office park with space for 42 providers.

Services at the San Ramon Medical Offices include: Adult and Family Medicine; Women's Health; Reproductive Health Services; Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy; Cosmetic Dermatology; and a Healthy Living Center.

"This recognition signifies Kaiser Permanente's commitment to creating healthy communities," said Sue Golubics, interim site director for the San Ramon Medical Offices. "Not only did we bring our advanced electronic medical record system, Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect®.and digital imaging to San Ramon when we opened just six months ago, but we continue to look for ways to innovate and lead. LEED Gold certification shows that we are making a difference in the community."

Notable features of the San Ramon Medical Offices:
•During construction of the facility, 93.34% of the on-site generated construction waste was diverted from landfill. A minimum of 50% diverted is required for LEED.
•Healthier materials (low in volatile organic compounds and other harmful chemicals) for fabrics, upholstery and paint were used throughout.
•Energy-Star rated equipment and appliances equal to 92.64%, by rated power, are in use at the medical offices. A minimum of 50%, by rated power, is required.
•Easy access to public transportation: five bus lines are within one quarter mile walking distance of the medical offices and there are 16 bike racks for use.

Last May, Kaiser Permanente announced it would seek a minimum LEED Gold certification for all new construction of hospitals, large medical offices and other major projects. The San Ramon Medical Offices is the first Kaiser Permanente medical facility in Northern California to earn the certification.

"As a health care organization, we have a special responsibility to reduce our carbon footprint, so building to these rigorous standards, just makes sense," said Dana Simonson, assistant medical group administrator for the San Ramon Medical Offices. "The LEED guidelines mean both environmental and financial benefits to our members and the community. By reducing waste, contributing to energy savings, reducing emissions and lower operating costs, we are providing great and affordable care to our members in an appropriate environment."

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