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Children’s South Receives Official LEED Certification

PITTSBURGH, July 1, 2015 – Children’s South, the newest ambulatory care center for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, has been designated a LEED-certified location by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in recognition of the building’s energy saving features and “green” construction.
 
Children’s South received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use, as well as for incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for employees, residents and the larger community, according to the USGBC.
 
Children’s South, located on 2.6 acres in South Fayette, opened in September 2014 and includes more than 60,000 square feet of usable space. The location houses pediatric outpatient services, primary care and after-hours care in one highly visible, kid- and family friendly, easily accessible building.
 
The project team, IKM Incorporated, was tasked with designing an extremely healthy and environmentally responsible facility, consistent with Children’s mission. These strategies included credits for site development that maximizes open space and manages storm water quality, reducing building energy usage, and implementing UPMC’s recycling and non-smoking policies at the building.
 
“We are extremely proud to have Children’s South be recognized and receive official LEED certification,” said Nick Barcellona, vice president and chief financial officer, Pediatric Academic and Clinical Service Line at Children's Hospital. “We worked collaboratively with our design and construction teams, achieving energy efficiency, durability and a healthful environment for our patients, their families and our employees.”
 
For more information on Children’s South, visit www.chp.edu/southfayette.

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