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Hillcrest Hospital Expansion Project Earns Silver LEED Certification

Jane and Lee Seidman Tower Earns Green Building Award

April 5, 2012

Cleveland Clinic’s Hillcrest Hospital has been awarded LEED® Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the hospital’s Jane and Lee Seidman Tower project, which opened November 2010.

The $163 million expansion and renovation earned the designation 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.

“Cleveland Clinic strives to be a steward of the environment and green building is a major component of our efforts,” said Jeffrey Leimgruber, President of Hillcrest Hospital. “Incorporating sustainable strategies was a major priority on this project. We are honored to receive this recognition.”

The six-story Seidman Tower added 72 beds at the Mayfield Heights hospital. The hospital’s Emergency Department was expanded, new operating rooms were constructed and access to parking was improved.

The project 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. Hillcrest Hospital has saved $180,000 to date – a 14 percent reduction in utility costs – because of the environmentally friendly components of the project.

“Building operations are nearly 40 percent of the solution to the global climate change challenge,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council. “While climate change is a global problem, innovative institutions like Hillcrest Hospital are addressing it through local solutions.”

In addition to Hillcrest Hospital's Seidman Tower, Cleveland Clinic’s health system features five other LEED-certified projects. 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 was awarded LEED for New Construction Gold Certification, and the Strongsville Radiation Oncology Expansion Project was awarded Certification.

Cleveland Clinic is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and Practice Greenhealth and is a U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR Partner. For more information on Cleveland Clinic’s energy conservation and sustainability efforts, visit

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