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Medical Pavilion at Howard County Receives Award

Contact: Sharon L. Sopp, 410.740.7646,

Columbia, MD – The Medical Pavilion at Howard County received a Projects award from the Maryland Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council for “Pioneering Sustainability in a Medical Facility” at the group’s sixth annual Wintergreen Awards for Excellence in Green Building on January 27 in Baltimore.

The Medical Pavilion at Howard County, which opened in September 2009, is a five-level, 167,000 square foot structure that houses thirteen medical practices, including 90 physicians/dentists, the Johns Hopkins Laboratory, Johns Hopkins Outpatient Pharmacy, a café, and HCGH Wellness Center.

A group of local physicians and Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine partnered in the construction and operation of the Medical Pavilion, with a commitment to being environmentally friendly.

As a result, the building was awarded LEED® Silver certification in June 2010. Established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. The Medical Pavilion is the largest LEED certified medical building in the central Maryland area.

According to Michael E. Silverman, M.D., Chair, Department of Internal Medicine at HCGH and a member of the building’s Executive Committee, “Since the planning for the Pavilion began, we focused on the goal of creating an environmentally-friendly building. We are honored to receive the Projects award as validation that we have done just that. The Pavilion is truly a healing environment and the green building concept adds to the sense of health and overall well-being of our patients and staff.”

Environmentally friendly specifics include: 
• An irrigation system for the plants – fed by rainwater drainage from the roof
• A white roof that reflects heat
• Material recycling
• Priority parking for fuel efficient cars
• Recycling construction waste and utilizing materials close to the project to decrease fuel for shipping. 
• HVAC details that will conserve energy include introducing more outside air into the system, which also improves indoor air quality.”

Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine since 1998 is a 238-bed, not-for-profit health care provider located in Columbia, Maryland. A comprehensive, acute-care medical center, Howard County General offers a full range of services, from neonatal care and oncology to outpatient treatment and critical care. In 2010, the hospital received the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™, ranking it among the top five percent of hospitals in the nation for the second consecutive year.

The hospital has a professional staff of over 800 physicians and allied health professionals, representing more than 70 specialties and subspecialties; a workforce of nearly 2,000 individuals and volunteer auxilians numbering over 600.