Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center Receives Gold Leed Certification for New Construction
Center is the first Cleveland Clinic Building to Earn Designation
June 28, 2011
The Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center has been awarded LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council because of its environmentally-responsible design and efficient operating systems.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2000, LEED serves as a tool for buildings of all types and sizes.
The Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center (GCIC) is a multi-institutional product development and commercialization consortium made possible through a $60 million grant from the state of Ohio’s Third Frontier Project. Led by the Cleveland Clinic, GCIC is focused on developing, incubating and commercializing innovative cardiovascular technology for the benefit of patients worldwide and to facility economic development in Ohio.
“Cleveland Clinic and GCIC recognize their responsibility to not only be an economic driver in the region, but to be stewards of the environment,” said William M. Peacock III, Cleveland Clinic Chief of Operations. “We are honored to receive this recognition and believe that we can be an example for businesses and builders throughout the country.”
The 50,000-square-foot GCIC building achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use, as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED-certified buildings across the country save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
“GCIC’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and to reach further than ever before, and GCIC serves as a prime example of just how much we can accomplish.”
Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation (FRDC) owns the property where GCIC is located and collaborated with Cleveland Clinic on the project.
“We are so pleased to have this state-of-the-art green building in our community,” said Vickie Johnson, FRDC Executive Director. “The LEED certification is a testament to Cleveland Clinic’s dedication to being thoughtful community partners.”
In addition to GCIC, Cleveland Clinic’s health system features three other LEED-certified buildings. Cleveland Clinic’s East 89th Street Service Center and Garage was awarded LEED for New Construction Silver certification. The Clinic’s JJ North office building, located on East 93rd Street, and the fourth floor renovation of Cleveland Clinic Florida are LEED Silver certified for their environmentally responsible interior design.
The Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center (GCIC) is a research and product development consortium made possible through a $60 million grant from the State of Ohio’s Third Frontier Project. Founded in 2007, the consortium is led by the Cleveland Clinic and is comprised of Case Western Reserve University, The Ohio State University, The University of Cincinnati, The University of Toledo and University Hospitals of Cleveland along with leading industry and economic development partners. GCIC is focused on developing, incubating, and commercializing innovative cardiovascular technology for the benefit of patients worldwide and to facilitate economic development in the State of Ohio.
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