Adelante Healthcare was honored by the Arizona Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council at their Annual Heavy Medals Award Ceremony. Our Mesa site has become the first community health center in the nation to receive a Platinum LEED Certification for interiors and a Gold LEED Certification for core and shell.
What is LEED Certification?
It independently verifies that a building was designed and built to maximize environmental health, quality, efficiency and sustainability. Ultimately, it certifies that buildings are healthy places to work and live.
At Adelante, we are committed to sustainable health care for all—which includes using sustaining the environment as well.
If you’ve visited our Mesa site, you may have noticed some of those green design ideas including:
- Choosing a site with easy access to public transportation
- Sourcing and purchasing construction materials locally wherever possible
- Using recycled construction materials and finishes with low VOC content
- Maximizing natural light within the building
- Using high efficiency heating and cooling units, Energy Star appliances and LED lighting
- Landscaping with indigenous plants and materials
CEO Avein Saaty-Tafoya explains that these environmentally-responsible building and operational practices make good business sense. Saying that “these practices reduce our utilities and maintenance costs so that we preserve more of our limited resources for providing direct services and improving the overall patient experience.”
In fact, research is currently being conducted at the Mesa site to evaluate how these sustainable initiatives are affecting both the employees of the facility and the patients who are seen there. Funding for this research was provided by the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Foundation. It was also conducted in partnership by Adelante Healthcare Mesa, the Center for Health Design Pebble Project and Healing Design Integration.