Parrish Healthcare Center
Parrish Healthcare Center becomes an exceptional healing environment
At a Glance
- #1 — The Parrish Healthcare Center is the first outpatient healthcare facility in Florida to achieve LEED® Silver certification.
- 50% — Projected reduction in landscape water usage as a result of the irrigation systems installed during the project.
- Virtually unlimited — The number of patients who will enjoy a better healing experience because of how the Parrish Healthcare Center was designed, built, and maintained.
The challenge: Create a highly effective healing environment that is also highly energy-efficient and sustainable
The not-for-profit Parrish Medical Center (PMC) hospital has been serving the North Brevard County, Florida area with excellent medical care since 1958. Throughout that time, its leaders have come to believe that a healthcare facility’s physical environment can be a significant factor in patient care. They’re right. Ample research exists to support the concept that environments play a key role in healing the body as well as the spirit. PMC wanted its new outpatient facility, the Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John, Florida to offer just such an environment, one that would be designed and constructed to offer the best possible patient healing experience.
To do so, everything about the facility – its interior and exterior – would have to be healthy, bright, peaceful, and welcoming. The building and the grounds would have to be efficient and sustainable. Many of the attributes of a highly effective healing center dovetail with the requirements for achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. PMC recognized that the process for attaining that certification, however, would require extensive evaluation of options and coordination. In short, PMC needed a knowledgeable and expert partner to help.
The solution: Collaboration with Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls collaborated with the management and staff of PMC and with the design and construction team. That collaboration began with a workshop that Johnson Controls conducted to obtain input from executive management; senior staff from facilities, planning, information technology and clinical services; and the architectural firm. Using that input, the group identified the best ways to cost-effectively implement and integrate the most appropriate and effective systems and technologies to help PMC reach its goals for the outpatient facility.
As a LEED-accredited organization and as the project manager, Johnson Controls was able to guide the project team on how to meet LEED objectives requirements and achieve energy savings and operational cost reductions for the lifecycle of the new facility. Using its processes and software tools, Johnson Controls was able to help PMC maximize opportunities to earn LEED points. As for the new facility itself, a number of energy-saving and water conservation systems were put in place, including:
- high-efficiency lighting with occupancy and daylighting sensors.
- high-efficiency HVAC systems.
- the Johnson Controls Metasys® building management system to achieve maximum comfort and efficiency as well as maintain indoor air quality.
- low-flow plumbing fixtures to reduce water usage.
- rainwater traps for irrigation to further reduce water usage.
- reflective roofing materials to reduce heat gain.
Johnson Controls also installed its state-of-the-art P2000 security system to protect patients, visitors, and staff. Speaking of the staff, Johnson Controls implemented an education and communications program to help employees better understand actions they can take at home and work to promote sustainability.
Results and benefits
The new facility has become the first outpatient healthcare building in the state of Florida to earn LEED Silver certification by virtue of meeting all the certification requirements and becoming an efficiently performing and sustainable building that will benefit patients, staff, the surrounding community, and the environment for a long time to come.
LEED supports our evidence-based design approach by incorporating elements we’ve found to be important to healing while providing additional benefits to our operations.
– Christopher Male, FACHE, Medical Center Developer, Parrish Healthcare Center