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October 2007
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Educational Topic of the Month: Thinking Green When Designing a Healthcare Facility 
 
 

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View our Portfolio of Completed Projects - recently updated! Some new projects have just been added to our site, including an estate in Southern California and a branch of the First Republic Bank in Manhattan, NY. We will be adding more in coming weeks.
 

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Southern California whose lives have been affected by the devastating wildfires.
 
~ The Team at Devonian Stone of New York, Inc.
bankDevonian Stone of New York, Inc. is a full-service stone mining and fabrication company that specializes in "high-end" cut-to-size Glacier Blue® Sandstone products. Look for a full color feature story about Devonian Sandstone and the First Republic Bank in Manhattan, NY in the November issue of Stone World Magazine.
Thank You, Architects!
When we recently asked architects what topics they would like to see covered in our newsletter, we were pleasantly surprised with the overwhelmingly positive response we received! So we listened to what you had to say and are incorporating many of your suggestions into the content of our newsletter. 
 
Please feel free to continue letting us know what you think by sending an email to info@devonianstone.com.
 
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Architectural Firm of the Month
perkins hospital exteriorPerkins Eastman Architects
 
(Photo Courtesy Perkins Eastman)
 
Since its founding in 1981, Perkins Eastman has become a leading international architecture, urban design, and interior design firm offering programming, planning, design, strategic planning and consulting, real estate and economic analyses, and program management services. Forging a multi-faceted practice around the interests of the firm's principal designers, they have cultivated a diverse portfolio of projects for private and public sector clients in the following practice areas: corporate interiors, cultural, education, healthcare, hospitality, housing, laboratories, religious and senior living facilities.

From November 6-9th, Perkins Eastman's own Linton D. Stables III, CSI will be presenting a workshop titled "Incorporating LEED into Project Specifications"at Greenbuild 2007 organized by the U.S. Green Building Council in Chicago, IL. This session is for designers and other project team members interested in understanding the basic principles of specifications as they apply to green building, strategies for developing construction specifications appropriate to project goals, and tips for achieving LEED credits. Presenting the workshop with Mr. Stables will be Bill DuBois, AIA, CSI, CCS, LEED AP and Susan Kaplan, AIA, CSI, CCS, LEED AP.
 
The firm has offices in New York, NY; Arlington, VA; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Oakland, CA; Pittsburgh, PA; Stamford, CT; Dubai, UAE; Shanghai, China; and Toronto, Canada comprising a staff totaling more than 725.

For more information about Perkins Eastman Architects, please visit: http://www.perkinseastman.com.
Educational Topic of the Month: Thinking Green When Designing a Healthcare Facility
 
perkins lobby
When it comes to incorporating green concepts into building design, there is much more to consider than just the materials that are used. Renata Zednicek, Senior Associate at Perkins Eastman Architects in New York, NY explains the process of designing a healthcare facility with green in mind.
 
(Photo Courtesy Perkins Eastman)

Hudson Valley Hospital in Cortlandt Manor, NY has been in the planning stages for several years and is now under construction. Renata Zednicek is the Project Manager/Project Architect and headed the interior fitout team which produced the drawings for every floor of the interior, all detail drawings, plans and sections. The work consists of three new buildings, an extensive amount of site work and road work, as well as interior renovation work in the existing hospital to which the new buildings are being connected.

When the owner saw the initial renderings for the project, he was concerned that the design was too urban for the small, rural town. Zednicek explains, "We weren't using any stone, we were using the curtain wall which is a glass fa?ade and there's a material called Trespa which is a polymer panel that has a very sharp look. We switched to stone because the owner wanted a less "tech" material that responded to the small-town feel of the area. There are a lot of 18th and 19th century Colonial and Victorian homes, a lot of farm fences and stacked stone property walls that are one or two-hundred years old or more. The people of the town are really proud of these walls and feel that they set the ambiance of the area. We wanted to bring that concept of stacked stone walls into this project and provide a modern translation of the stone. In the revised design, there is considerable use of stone on the fa?ade of the building and on the garden walls, carrying from the exterior to the interior of the building."

The curtain wall helped to focus on the awareness of the interior as it relates to the exterior. "The surrounding areas of the Hudson Valley are beautiful. There is a lot of nature, hills and foliage. The views from this building are very nice, so we wanted to give each patient room a completely unobstructed view of the landscape."

On the north side of the property, which is about three or four acres, there are protected wetlands where certain species of trees and wildlife are protected. "When we designed this project," explains Zednicek, "we had to put together an Environmental Impact Statement. We ended up having to work with the environmental department of the Town of Cortlandt because one of the new buildings was encroaching on a wetland buffer. There is a strip of area that surrounds the protected wetland that we're not allowed to encroach on with any kind of new construction. The environmental committee was concerned because our building, in fact, did. So we had to submit revised sketches until we were able to give them a design, a landscape, a civil layout and also an architectural building layout that satisfied their concerns that we were coming completely out of the wetland buffer. The environmental committee evaluated this project for many criteria before they gave us the go-ahead to apply for a permit and begin construction."

Originally the hospital talked about a LEED project, a "green" building. LEED certification is granted by The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which is a non-profit organization composed of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. A project is a viable candidate for LEED certification if it can meet all prerequisites and achieve the minimum number of points to earn the Certified level of LEED project certification. To earn certification, a building project must meet certain prerequisites and performance benchmarks ( or "credits") within each category, including mechanical, electrical, plumbing. etc. Projects are awarded Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum certification depending on the number of credits they achieve. This comprehensive approach is the reason LEED-certified buildings have reduced operating costs, healthier and more productive occupants, and conserve natural resources.

"Due to budget constraints, we were not able to construct a building that would earn them a full certification of LEED, but we wanted to show the town that we're keeping the green and sustainable concept in mind, not only because that's what they want, but because that's where we're moving as a firm. More and more people in our office are becoming LEED certified and it's a direction we're heading into."

"Building with green concepts in mind is more than simply using green materials. The expense comes less from the actual finishes and materials and more from the infrastructure components such as the design of the mechanical system, the design of the plumbing system, various water storage filtration systems, and energy efficient equipment. Especially in a hospital which is so equipment intensive, there is a certain level of operational and infrastructure concern that tends to be expensive."

"The stone used in the building comes from local sources was a way to boost local economy. Even things like stone that comes from quarries that do reclamation, and also, materials that are used locally to spare the negative environmental impact of long distance shipping, using gasoline and power. Those are all green concepts that we take into consideration."

"As far as materials go, I would say certainly more than fifty percent of the materials in the hospital are green materials. We use a natural maple which is a local non-threatened species of wood. It's a fast growing wood that comes from farms that turn these around for sustainable design, which is another LEED concept. We did a lot of work with landscaping, and had a landscape architect who did a wonderful job on the rendering. We incorporated garden walls throughout the landscape, which have the ambiance of the local stacked stone walls. The building is a hundred percent HEPA filtered building. The roofing material is a low-odor cold applied fluid membrane, which has limited odor emissions and vapors that result from the insulation. Also, instead of going for the standard vct vinyl tile flooring, which is pretty standard flooring for main areas of the hospital, we proposed linoleum tile which is green because it's not a petroleum product, so the production of linoleum is a more green process than vct."

"This project has a budget and they're going to build it with the budget money, but then they have other sources, such as fundraisers or donor money. We came up with a list of items they could use this other money for, called enhancements. There were things that were pretty heavily environmental, such as an ecosphere for the main lobby, which is a large clear glass sphere about five feet in diameter on a beautiful wooden pedestal, and it's like a centerpiece for public areas. We also proposed a waterwall, which is literally an indoor waterfall. These were features that we were originally going to include in the project when it was going to go for LEED certification, but they had to be taken out and became options instead."

"The site is a really lovely location, so we created a lot of usable outdoor space for the public which is a very green concept. There is a four-story enclosed bridge that connects one of the new buildings to the existing building, and between those two areas there was a space left over with a courtyard. In that area, we created an outdoor plaza called The Summer Garden. We put in some outdoor seating areas and cordoned it off so that you can only get into this little private garden from the back of the lobby. The Summer Garden is an extension of the lobby, so in the summer the back of the lobby has multiple glass doors that open up to the outside so you can bring the inside out. The outside and the inside merge together, in the same way that the building stone wraps into the building. There is a continuation, like the stone wraps around and comes into the building. The Summer Garden and the lobby combination was another desire to do that, to have that connection between the interior and exterior spaces."

"Overall, the project was really interesting. There was a team of between ten and twelve people at any given time. It was in the planning and design stages for about a year, but it was in environmental review for about two years. And they just started construction and just had their groundbreaking ceremony. They're doing site clearing and early start work, moving a lot of existing electrical and existing utilities. There is a whole mechanical, electrical and plumbing aspect to the LEED concept that is addressed, such as specifying electrical equipment that is far more efficient than the equipment they have now. We built a certain amount of efficiency into the infrastructure, and I'm quite proud of the project."
 
 
Our thanks to Renata Zednicek for taking the time to do this interview with us.
How Green is Glacier Blue®?
Gaining access to natural resources often means destroying pristine woodlands and endangering the environment, but it doesn't always have to. With an environmental conscience and a little bit of ingenuity, alternatives can be found that are not only good for business, but good for the land as well.
 
When Robert Bellospirito, President of Devonian Stone of New York, Inc., first started the business over a decade ago, he was disheartened to learn that most quarriers located beds of stone by going onto a piece of land and haphazardly ripping up trees with bulldozers to get to the stone underneath. Determined not to follow in their footsteps, Bellospirito developed an environmentally friendly, non-invasive stone exploration technique that uses geological surveying with a combination of drilling and computer analysis. This scientific method for stone exploration has been approved by both the NY State Geological Survey and the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation, and Bellospirito has been credited with the first modern scientific exploration for Devonian sandstone.
 
All of the quarries mined by Devonian Stone of New York, Inc. are reclaimed and returned to a usable state by developing a thoughtful land reclamation plan, involving contouring the land, planting native trees and grasses, and sometimes adding a pond or plantings for a deer feed area. The company is a proud member of the U.S. Green Building Council and uses all natural resources to provide water for the saws, all of which is recycled.
We hope you enjoyed our informative monthly e-newsletter. For questions, comments or more information, please e-mail or call us today.
 
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Liz Benton, Editor 
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