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Rain gardens, such as this one in the Emergency Department drop-off area, and native vegetation on rooftops cool the building and help collect stormwater at Dally Tower at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup.
'Green' Dally Tower is first hospital in state to earn LEED Gold
MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital’s Dally Tower is the first inpatient hospital facility in Washington state to receive the Green Building Certification Institute’s LEED Gold award.
The Puyallup hospital recently received notification that the Dally Tower’s environmentally friendly construction met the standards for LEED Gold as set by the U.S. Green Building Council. The tower opened to patients in February 2011 and doubled the size of Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, which serves as a health care hub for the growing population of more than 300,000 residents of east Pierce County. The hospital tower included 78 private rooms and an expanded and updated Emergency Department.
“We are honored to receive the LEED Gold certification for our pioneering work in designing and building a sustainable and green hospital,” said Glenn Kasman, President of MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital. “Our goal from the beginning was to create a healing environment for our patients, their families, our staff and the community."
LEED Gold status was awarded based on many green elements, including water and power saving features, two green roofs, rain gardens, and the construction methods and materials used throughout the project. The certification signifies that Good Samaritan reduces waste and harmful greenhouse gas emissions and conserves energy. Gold is one of the highest recognitions offered by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The architect was Good Sam Design Collaborative, which included Clark/Kjos Architects and GBJ Architecture. The general contractor was Skanska USA.
- Roof gardens, which cool the building and provides habitat for wildlife.
- Recycled materials used in construction.
- All paints, adhesives, sealants and carpets have low volatile organic compounds.