Cleveland Clinic is committed to building and operating healthy environments for work and healing. In 2007, Cleveland Clinic (CC) adopted the US Green Building Council’s LEED system to ensure that all future construction supports a healthy environment. We broke ground for the East 89th Street Garage and Service Center in 2006, so we challenged our design team to certify the project while already under construction. Certification was within reach, and the project realized a Silver Certification by the USGBC.
This building houses receiving and distribution of supplies via a sophisticated inventory management system that employs automated guided vehicles (AGVs) to distribute and collect materials, and increased dock capacity to increase efficiency, reduce idling time and congestion. All refuse and recycling is processed via the Service Center, as are clean and soiled linens. The parking garage has capacity for 4000 employees, which allowed CC to close off site parking and reduce emissions from shuttle service. Employee garage uses sensor technology to facilitate garage loading and discharge, reducing vehicle idling time and consequent pollution.
Measuring Our Green Building Results
The US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system outlines standards on a point-based system. Points are categorized as noted in this diagram, with a set number of available points in each category, based on the building type. We track our LEED projects throughout the design and construction process, and submit the required documentation to the USGBC at project completion for certification. We have noted the number of achieved points in each category in green, the attempted points in dark gray and the total available points in light gray.