Green Building Council lauds One Hundred Oaks project
by Leslie Hill
[Originally published by VUMC News and Communications in the VUMC Reporter.]
Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks has received a Green Star Award from the Middle Tennessee chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.
The Green Star Award recognizes sustainable projects designed or built in Middle Tennessee from these categories: new construction, existing buildings, commercial interiors, core and shell, schools, retail, health care, homes, and neighborhood development.
Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks won in the existing buildings category in recognition of transforming an aging mall into outpatient clinical space.
OHO is the largest health care building in the world to achieve LEED certification, a marker of environmental stewardship.
The renovation was completed while maintaining existing structural elements of the building, recycling construction waste, and using regional and recycled materials.
More efficient mechanical and lighting systems were installed and 90 percent of all equipment in use in the facility is now Energy Star-certified.
“The transformation that has taken place at One Hundred Oaks is truly amazing and is the result of a well orchestrated team working together to assure success,” said Bobby Otten, architect and project manager with the Office of Space & Facilities Planning.
The Green Star Award was presented at the 2011 Green Carpet Event on June 24 at the Rymer Gallery.