Changes in the healthcare environment and the practice of medicine are having a significant impact on the way healthcare providers are trained and taught — as well as for the buildings and spaces that support their education. The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) Headquarters and Training Center creates an identity for its 18,700 members in an employee-friendly, build-to-suit structure. Located within The Glen mixed-use development in Glenview, Illinois, the LEED Silver certified building combines 33,000 square feet of office space with 15,000 square feet of training facilities, and features six ICU simulation training rooms, six breakout seminar rooms, and a large auditorium. The two-story lobby and reception areas harness natural light to greet members and visitors, and leads to the state-of-the-art Innovation, Simulation and Training Center.
The Training Center offers ACCP members interactive, cutting-edge educational opportunities and performance assessment tools they can extend to their patient care services in hospitals, clinics, and doctor’s offices around the world. The Training Center provides four emergency care simulators, a METIman simulator to teach nursing and prehospital skills, and group breakout rooms for informal interactions. The ACCP Headquarters and Training Center is an incubator for new ideas that help propel healthcare research forward.
The project site contains many sustainable features designed to decrease energy and water consumption, prevent the loss of topsoil and prevent contaminants from entering the water streams. Some of these measures have been outlined below.
The project team implemented an Erosion and Sedimentation Control (ESC) Plan to prevent the loss of soil during construction by stormwater runoff and/or wind erosion. Erosion control blankets, silt fencing and temporary seeding are just a few examples. In addition, the team is preventing sedimentation of storm sewers and receiving streams by installing a temporary sediment filter located at the inlet to storm sewer culverts. Additionally, because concrete washout from mixing trucks is toxic to plant life, the project has mandated that a sealed concrete washout container be used to collect concrete particulates. The particulates are then crushed and recycled to be used as aggregate fill material.
Measures are also in place to prevent pollution of the air with dust and particulate matter.
The landscape design incorporates large bioswale islands in the parking lot to filter and collect stormwater drainage. The bioswales are planted with native grasses to filter the storm water. The islands are also planted fully with numerous native tree species in natural groupings to provide shade throughout the parking lot, reducing the heat island effect. The majority of the ground plane of the site incorporates native grasses and perennial seeding along with areas of a fescue lawn blend that requires less water and maintenance.
Once construction is complete, the landscaping and irrigation system design will reduce potable water consumption by nearly 89% from a calculated baseline case by planting more tolerant native plant specifies and installing a drip irrigation system to only a few select areas of the site.
Additionally, the building’s roof surface will be highly reflective with a solar reflective index (SRI) of 102 which is intended to reduce heat absorption thereby decreasing cooling requirements and heat island effect.
The project team has demonstrated a 15% improvement below ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007 in the proposed building performance rating. Some of the features contributing to the reduction include premium efficiency condenser and boiler pumps, air handling units with an EER of 14.9 and 14.3, a highly reflective roof surface and a fully integrated Building Management System (BMS) incorporating Direct Digital Control (DDC).
Additionally, the building is L-shaped with a long north/south ridgeline. The east/west facing windows of the building include translucent glass fins to optimize energy, harness daylight and diffuse direct sunlight into the building. The south facades of the building’s L shaped wings have long extended roof overhangs and sunshade canopies. An abundance of trees provide adequate shading.
The HVAC&R systems minimize the emission of compounds that contribute to ozone depletion and global climate change.
The new ACCP Headquarters Building is located next to the 32-acre Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie and Tyner Interpretive Center. The prairie and interpretive center allow visitors to experience and understand this unique natural environment. ACCP’s site plan facilitates a connection to the prairie walkway and the landscape design provides a visual buffer from within. In addition, the prairie landscape is extended across the site to expand this valuable community resource. The ACCP building is located on the far western edge of the site, furthest from the prairie, to mitigate impact and to reinforce the pedestrian experience along the street. On-site parking is minimized to code-required for the office and a small portion of the assembly / seminar function. Seminar attendees take shuttles to the training center to / from local hotels.
0.6 Parking spaces per occupant
Walk score rating: 19 (car dependent)
Transit core rating: 35 (some transit)
The project team has demonstrated a 41% water use reduction below the Uniform Plumbing Code baseline by installing highly efficient plumbing fixtures including water closets, urinals, lavatory faucets and kitchen faucets.
Locally sourced and manufactured materials (within 500 miles of the project site) and materials with high levels of pre-consumer and post-consumer recycled content will be prioritized for this project. This will be done in an effort to reduce carbon emissions associated with the transportation of materials, decrease landfill waste and protect virgin materials from depletion.
Additionally, the project team has a goal to divert at least 75% of construction debris from landfills. The waste will be commingled on-site and sent to an off-site facility for sorting and recycling.