APPLETON, Wis. — St. Elizabeth Hospital is putting the final touches on its third green roof. Contractors are wrapping up the installation of a 6,110-square-foot LiveRoof® system atop the new Fremont Tower. The first 4,125-square-foot green roof was installed on the Heart, Vascular and Lung Center building in 2009. This building received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification in recognition of its sustainable design and operation. The hospital also installed a 3,000-square-foot green roof on its Cancer Center in 2011.

St. Elizabeth Hospital is part of Affinity Health System, Ministry Health Care and Ascension. The hospital’s organizational value of wisdom calls on its staff to be responsible stewards of natural resources. The new five-story building at the hospital was designed with a sustainable approach, and embodies this value. The building has many sustainable features, including high-efficiency mechanical systems, use of passive solar energy, and low-flow faucets, toilets, and showers. The building also has ground-floor and rooftop gardens, to benefit patients and the environment.

“When we planned the new building, we wanted to create a restful place for patients to heal and a great place for associates to work. We also wanted the building to be sustainable, so we deliberately planned and constructed the building in this way,” said Iqbal Mian, a lean leader who focuses on sustainability efforts at Ministry Health Care.

The new rooftop garden was designed by Hamill Green Abrahamson, the architects for the project, and will be installed by Craft Building Services LLC. Bachman’s Inc. of Minneapolis custom grew the green roof system as the regional LiveRoof licensee.

“It is important to us to assist Affinity Health System in creating a healthful, healing environment for patients, families, staff, and visitors to St. Elizabeth Hospital,” said John Daniels, vice president of production and wholesale, Bachman’s Inc. “We are proud of our relationship with Affinity, and pleased to continue to support their mission and vision for green health care and sustainability.”

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Publication date: 7/30/2015

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