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Medical Pavilion at Howard County Receives LEED Silver Certification

Contact:  Sharon Sopp, 410.740.7646,

Columbia, MD – The Medical Pavilion at Howard County has been awarded LEED® Silver certification 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.

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

“We are overwhelmingly proud to have achieved this recognition. Since the initiation of the project in 2003, the planning committee's goal was to build an environmentally friendly green building,” explained Michael E. Silverman, M.D., Chair, Department of Internal Medicine. “It just made perfect sense because the green building concept adds to the health and overall well-being of our patients and staff.”

“Participating in this partnership is consistent with Howard County General Hospital's other green initiatives including applying for designation as a Howard County Healthy Workplace and signing on with the Health Care Without Harm’s ‘Healthy Food Pledge’,” said Victor A. Broccolino, HCGH President and CEO.

Cogdell Spencer ERDMAN, one of the nation’s largest developers of health care facilities provided planning, design and construction for the project. MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services, LLC, a full-service, Maryland-based commercial real estate firm served as project developer as well as lease administrator.

“The Medical Pavilion at Howard County exemplifies client-centered, sustainable development,” said Robert Aumiller, President/Principal of MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services, LLC. “We are delighted to learn of the designation and confident the facility will continue to exceed expectations.”

“We were thrilled to be able to support the physicians and Johns Hopkins Medicine in their commitment to place a LEED Silver medical facility in Howard County,” said Frank Spencer, President and CEO of Cogdell Spencer Inc. “The benefits to the community, the health system and the environment will be extensive and longstanding.”

The pavilion, a five-level 167,000 square foot structure, houses thirteen medical practices, including 90 physicians/dentists, the Johns Hopkins Laboratory, Johns Hopkins Outpatient Pharmacy, a café, and the HCGH Wellness Center.

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, including 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. Serving the community since 1973, the hospital has a professional staff of over 800 physicians and allied health professionals, representing 78 specialties and subspecialties; a workforce of nearly 2,000individuals and volunteer auxilians numbering over 600. Over the past three decades, the hospital has grown into a comprehensive, acute-care medical center that offers a full range of services, from neonatal care and oncology to outpatient treatment and critical care.