Our buildings support our mission by addressing the intrinsic link between a person’s health and their environment. In this sense, our patients’ environment includes the air they breathe and the water they drink, their behaviors including exercise and nutrition, and their values including their choice of healthcare system.
Our buildings must support the health of our caregivers, patients and communities. To date, we have achieved 15 LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings – 8 silver and 4 gold. In 2017, we continued to grow and set new standards for our buildings and development that support the health of our patients, caregivers, and communities.
"Today sustainability must be endemic in good design, but it requires bravery and vision to execute - because it’s not simply for our own immediate gratification, but for the benefit of our children."
- Chris Connell
Chief Design Officer, Center for Design
Center for Functional Medicine
In September, 2016, Cleveland Clinic opened a 17,000 square-foot space on our main campus for the Center for Functional Medicine. The new space received WELL Building Silver certification in 2017, which works hand-in-hand with LEED certification, and is based on monitoring the features of buildings that impact human health and wellbeing.
WELL evaluates a building’s performance based on seven core concepts: indoor air pollution, water quality, nourishment from healthy foods, lighting systems designed to enhance occupant experience, integration of exercise into everyday life, comfortable and productive workspaces, cognitive and emotional health, and innovation for new ideas that impact the interaction between buildings and human health.
“Functional medicine is a natural fit for this new building standard, as we are constantly assessing how lifestyle and environmental factors affect our well-being. In functional medicine, we want to help people thrive – and that should start right when a patient or caregiver walks through our door. This space demonstrates our dedication to optimizing health.”
- Mark Hyman, MD
Director, Center for Functional Medicine
This new center continues to our support our mission by providing healing environments for our patients to receive care that recognize the inherent link between human health and environmental health.
Taussig Cancer Center
In late 2016, Cleveland Clinic completed construction on our new $276 million multidisciplinary Taussig Cancer Center that united all treatment care teams on our main campus in one central facility and accelerated one of the most robust cancer research enterprises in the country. The new seven-story facility is part of Cleveland Clinic’s Master Plan, which aims to build a more open and welcoming campus for patients and visitors, as well as stronger collaboration among staff.
The 377,000-square-foot facility has been designed to optimize patient experience and physician collaboration with clinical space focused on multidisciplinary care and conveniently accessible expanded support services. The project will be pursuing LEED certification, continuing Cleveland Clinic’s green building tradition.
The new space will accommodate projected growth with an emphasis on features specifically for patients, including:
- Maximum use of natural light and outdoor courtyard views to comfort and calm patients receiving treatment
- An additional 19 exam rooms for a total of 126
- An additional 17 private and semi-private chemo infusion rooms for a total of 98
- Expanded patient services in a central location including healing and support services, genetic counseling, social workers, wig boutique, art therapy and complimentary massages, pedicures/manicures, prosthetics services and make-up application
- Spiritual support center
- Leading-edge technology and equipment to fight and treat cancer including Gamma Knife, six Linear Accelerators for radiation treatment with the latest imaging services including an MRI.
Health Education Campus
The new Health Education Campus, a 487,000-square-foot, four-story structure located on Cleveland Clinic’s main campus, is the result of an unprecedented partnership between Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). When completed in 2019, the medical and health sciences education campus will include the university and Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine tracks of CWRU’s School of Medicine, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, School of Dental Medicine and a new program for physician assistants.
The interprofessional campus will provide opportunities for creative collaboration among students and faculty. The building features a 27,000-square-foot central atrium that draws maximum light from a specially engineered roof. Admissions and other offices surround the central first-floor space, which can be cleared for major events. The first floor also will include a conference center featuring a 7,000-square-foot auditorium and 4,800-square-foot lecture hall where students from all programs will gather for lessons, featured speakers and demonstrations.
“We launched this collaboration to prepare students for a healthcare future that’s still being imagined. [With] pioneering technology and leading-edge teaching techniques, we’ll provide them with the innovative education required to lead in this new era.”
- Toby Cosgrove, MD
Executive Advisor, Former CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland Clinic London
In 2017, Cleveland Clinic received permission from the Westminster City Council to convert 33 Grosvenor Place into an advanced healthcare facility. The building will be our first in London, UK, adding another international location to our portfolio with 200 beds and eight operating rooms spanning six stories and 198,000 square feet.
The state-of-the-art facility will be seeking LEED Gold certification, which is the world’s first sustainability assessment method for buildings. It evaluates the built environment across nine scientifically-backed categories, and is applied in 70 countries worldwide. The building’s roof is expected to have a 12kw solar system.
Cleveland Clinic remains committed to continuing to listen closely to the views of local residents, planning officers and members of the local authority to ensure that the development and its plans are appropriate to the local area and local community. We are looking forward to the opportunity to provide our unique model of care to patients in London, one of the world’s great cities.
Taking a precautionary approach, we are reducing patient and employee exposure to toxins by maintaining our green cleaning and integrated pest management standard operating procedures. In 2016, in order to meet the requirements of the WELL Building Standard, the Office for a Healthy Environment reviewed and updated these enterprise procedures.
Green cleaning seeks to utilize products that contain ingredients that pose the least harm to human health and the environment, and similarly integrated pest management is a broad approach to pest control that seeks to use all alternative processes available prior to the application of insecticides or rodenticides. In June 2016, we conducted an audit of several high-pest-risk buildings on our main campus with Beyond Pesticides to evaluate our opportunities for improvement. Collaborating with Dr. Elaine Thallner, the findings, recommendations, and updated policies were presented to our Environment of Care committee and approved in 2017.
Education is often the most important factor in the successful implementation of a new updated policy or procedure. Working with food services, environmental services, and our integrated pest management vendor, we secured management support to implement our updated communication and training plan.