The goal of the Transforming Care expansion project at Jersey Shore University Medical Center was to create a health care experience for our patients where every aspect of the healing environment was designed to facilitate safe, efficient, comfortable care.
Additionally, we also chose to design Transforming Care in an environmentally-friendly way. Jersey Shore is in pursuit of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification for all the newly constructed space. LEED is the national benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance environmentally-friendly buildings.
Some Other "Green" Facts about the Transformation Project:
- By selecting a previously developed site, our Transformation project avoided inappropriate development of and negative environmental impacts on farmland, floodplains, and sensitive habitats. We located the project close to public transportation and are providing preferred parking incentives for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles. We have also built secure bicycle storage, showers and changing facilities that will promote alternative modes of transportation and daily physical activity to our team members.
- 50% of parking for the Transformation project is provided under cover in the parking garage to reduce our impact on local microclimates and habitats. Less surface parking means a cooler site – and more space for trees and vegetation.
- Over 30% of the building materials used throughout the Transformation contain high levels of recycled content, and waste generated as part of our daily operations will be managed through a campus recycling program, including paper, corrugated cardboard, glass, plastic, metals, batteries, and electronics.
- We know that a healthy indoor environment translates into decreased patient healing time. That's why we've used low-emitting building materials, including paint, carpet and wood products, which reduces the quantity of indoor contaminants that can be odorous, irritating and harmful. In addition, 100% of the environmentally friendly products and practices used by our "green" housekeeping program are Green Seal Certified, and our new heating and cooling system brings in 100% outside air to enhance indoor air quality.
- The new Northwest Pavilion building and central utility plant are expected to achieve 32% energy cost savings or an estimated $2.9M reduction in annual energy costs.
- Throughout our expansion, we added water efficient faucets, toilets, and shower heads to help reduce water consumption by 30%, or 3,600 gallons per day.