At Forest Park Medical Center Frisco we believe
that the health of our planet is as important as the health of our patients. To
that end, we have employed construction methods in accordance that meet or exceed
the standards of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED) program. LEED certification is more than just a badge to us. By reducing
energy and resource consumption, minimizing environmental impact, and providing
healthier, more connected buildings, Forest Park Medical Center Frisco is working
hard to prevent illness before it ever reaches our doors in the form of a patient.
Healthy building. Healthy planet. It's the right thing to do.
In addition to providing over half an acre of respite for patients, visitors, and
staff, this magnificent Garden Roof serves the Forest Park Medical Center Frisco
in other sustainably significant ways. Through the capturing and storage of rainwater,
the amount of storm water runoff diverted from storm sewers and open waterways is
dramatically reduced. Because the Garden Roof covers at least 50% of the hospital
roof area, temperatures inside and areas surrounding the building are kept cooler
than they would have been with a typical roof system that would reflect the sun’s
heat to those areas inside and surrounding the building.
To encourage environmentally responsible forest management, Forest Park Medical
Center Frisco has permanently incorporated wood building components that are certified
in accordance with the principles and criteria of the Forest Stewardship Council.
For example, just take a look up at the architectural woodwork on the ceiling.
Water Use Reduction
All restrooms in this building have been fitted with low-flow faucets and toilets
that help the building reduce overall water consumption by 35% compared to a conventional
building. Due to these fixtures, Forest Park will save about 596 gallons of water
per year. That’s the equivalent of 4,512 bottles of drinking water saved per year!
Through careful design and monitoring of the building’s energy systems, Forest Park
Frisco has reduced its annual energy consumption by 22%. That’s an estimated cost
savings of $100,000 per year that Forest Park Medical Center can direct toward further
improving outstanding patient care.
Over 33% of the materials used to construct this building were harvested, extracted,
and manufactured within 500 miles of this site. Preference was given to local and
regional materials to reduce the environmental impact associated with transporting
materials great distances, as well as to benefit our regional economy. For example,
all drywall in this building was made from gypsum extracted within 100 miles and
manufactured within 250 miles of this site.
Over 20% of the materials used to construct this building were made from recycled
content. To continue the conservation of natural resources, recycling stations are
located throughout the building for your convenience.
Indoor Air Quality
Many interior finishes contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). These chemicals
produce the “new car smell” or “wet paint smell.” These compounds continue to off-gas
into the air even after paints and adhesives are dry and contribute to respiratory
irritation and “sick building syndrome.” Use of low-emitting interior materials
and finishes means that Forest Park Medical Center has cleaner indoor air quality
both during and after construction, providing a safer atmosphere for the building’s
Construction Waste Management
Much of the waste that fills our landfills is generated by construction and demolition
activities. According to a 2007 study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
building-related waste accounts for approximately 160 million tons a year. With
a commitment to sustainability throughout the entire design and construction phases,
Forest Park Medical Center ensured that as much waste as possible was diverted from
landfills. The construction team developed and implemented a construction waste
management program to accomplish that task. The results were astonishing! Activities
necessary to construct this facility generated approximately 38,000 tons of waste,
of which 37,000 of those tons were diverted from landfills. That’s a 97% diversion
of the total construction waste! The materials that were recycled will be remade
into products like composite wood, carpet tiles, and structural steel for other
The landscape has been designed with native and adapted plants. These hardy species
need less water, fertilizer, and pest control than plants that are not adapted to
the region. The landscape and irrigation system have been designed to reduce potable
water consumption by 67% compared to a conventional design. The Weathermatic smart
weather station constantly monitors the weather and adjusts the watering schedules
daily for maximum efficiency. The landscape is maintained organically, with nontoxic
pest control and fertilizers. This approach allows beneficial insects to thrive
and keeps toxic runoff from entering storm sewers and waterways.
Storage & Collection of Recyclables
Recycle your paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, and aluminum here. Forest Park Medical
Center Frisco is committed to providing recycling services for staff, patients,
and visitors to this facility.