Monroe Clinic has already made significant efforts to lessen its impact on the environment. Housekeeping staff use green cleaning products and water-conserving microfiber mops. The changes didn’t increase costs or compromise infection control, Borowski explains. Through an employee education campaign, Monroe Clinic has also reduced the amount of medical waste it produces. This has saved significant money because removing medical waste is much more expensive than regular waste.
Salvaged appliances, wood cabinetry, light fixtures, radiators and windows removed from houses razed during the parking lot construction have already been given a new life in Habitat for Humanity and other projects. Bricks and foundation materials were used as base for parking lots. In all, the project expects to divert a full 75% of construction wastes away from landfills. (The project has diverted 90% in work done to date.)
While building green typically adds 2 to 3% to construction costs, Borowski says Monroe Clinic expects to more than recoup the costs over time. “We are looking at a payback of less than five years for many of our LEED-certified elements, especially with some of the larger mechanical equipment” confirms Borowski.
“In the scheme of the whole project, LEED certification is just another moving part,” explains Borowski. “If you want to do it the right way and get the results you are looking for, you have to go the extra mile.
“When we discovered some of these technologies, it was such a win-win situation,” Borowski adds. “We will see lasting savings on utilities while providing a beautiful, restful environment for our patients, staff and guests.”