Release Date: April 8, 2011
Darboy Clinic Earns LEED Gold Designation
The Boldt Company saves money, time and delivers a "lean" and green clinic
The ThedaCare Physicians-Darboy clinic in Appleton has received the coveted LEEDGold Designation from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The clinic is the second in the ThedaCare health care system to receive LEED Gold designation—the first was Encircle Health. Both projects were built and managed by The Boldt Company.
LEED certification is granted by the U.S. Green Building Council, a third-party organization that ranks buildings on the degree of sustainability. Based on the number of points earned, a silver, gold or platinum designation is awarded.
ThedaCare Physicians-Darboy, which opened in March 2010, is a single-story, 26,000 square-foot facility serving pediatrics, family practice and physical therapy patients. The clinic also offers x-ray, mammography and an onsite lab. The building has several environmentally friendly features including skylights and floor to ceiling insulated wall systems that ensure a quiet and private environment for providers and patients.
Albert Park, director of facilities planning and an architect at ThedaCare, said “sustainability is about environmental stewardship, safe and inspiring places for people to work and visit and it is a key component of being financially responsible. Sustainability will continue to be an integral approach in ThedaCare’s operations and facilities.”
Other sustainable elements include:
-Protected / restored habitat within developed footprint
-Locally sourced materials-Increased energy efficiency above ASHRAE baseline standards
-Water efficiency standards above baseline EPA 1992 standards
-Low or no VOC emitting paints, adhesives, wood products and carpet
-In addition to green materials, Boldt project managers call attention to the processes used during construction.
“So much of a green building depends on the processes we use,” said Nick Mueller, Boldt project manager. “For the Darboy clinic, we used a construction waste management plan that recycled 88% of construction waste and we used an air management plan that reduced indoor air contaminants during construction.”
According to Mueller, going green isn’t enough; Boldt uses proprietary Lean practices that are designed to save time, control waste and ultimately cut costs. The project team pre-planned all construction activity and met weekly to define project goals and coordinate decision-making in design and construction.
Additionally, Boldt used Building Information Modeling (BIM) to streamline design and construction.
“The 3-D technology helps us see potential problems in the steel structure, foundation, HVAC, plumbing and fire sprinkler systems,” Mueller said. “Being able to model the project and solve problems on the computer before they happened on the job site saved us time and saved ThedaCare money.”
Boldt is one of the nation’s leading sustainable construction firms. The firm has completed 25 projects built according to LEED guidelines nationwide and several underway that are seeking LEED certification or being built according to sustainable guidelines.
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ABOUT THE BOLDT COMPANY
The Boldt Company, headquartered in Wisconsin, has 12 offices throughout the United States and is one of the leading sustainable construction firms in the country. The firm provides professional construction services to customers in a variety of industrial, institutional, healthcare, commercial and renewable energy markets nationwide. The firm has been recognized as one of the safest companies in America and is privately held.