Park City Medical Center: Designed with environment in mind
Intermountain Healthcare works hard to run environmentally friendly hospitals — and Park City Medical Center is one of its greenest.
Park City is a very progressive and forward-thinking community. As residents of this community, and of this planet, we felt a strong obligation to design and build this facility in a way that minimizes its impact on the natural environment.
For starters, the hospital hired one of the region’s most respected green architects, Kenner Kingston — a LEED-accredited architect with Nexus, Inc.
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED certification is a recognition construction projects or buildings can earn by using environmentally friendly building practices during construction or remodeling.
Some of Park City Medical Center’s green initiatives:
- Bicycle racks, showers, and changing facilities are provided for employees who ride their bikes to work — which will help reduce pollution from automobile use.
- Five percent of the total parking for the medical center will be designated as preferred parking for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles.
- In an effort to encourage public transportation and carpooling, and to reduce pollution from automobiles, the parking capacity for the hospital provides the minimum number of spaces that are required by zoning laws.
- An unprecedented amount of Park City Medical Center’s land — 80 percent of the 156 acres — will remain as dedicated open space for the community to enjoy.
- Park City Medical Center’s systems and equipment won’t use CFC-based refrigerants in an effort to reduce contributions to ozone depletion.
- The hospital uses natural stone from Browns Canyon — which helps meet three goals: Reduce the environmental impact of unnecessary transportation, avoid unnecessary mining, and support the local economy by purchasing stone from a nearby quarry.
- Park City Medical Center is partnering with Good Earth Recycling to place a significant number of recycling bins on campus.
- Laundry will be taken to an Intermountain Healthcare facility in Salt Lake that uses state-of-the-art cleaning technology to limit the amount of water and energy used.
- Native, low-water use plants have been selected to reduce the hospital’s water use.
- An erosion and sedimentation control plan has been implemented to prevent loss of soil by storm water runoff and prevent sedimentation of receiving streams.
- Rapidly renewable commercial linoleum, which is a natural resin-based product, was selected for the hospital’s flooring.
- Other recycled products include carpet, ceiling tile, and steel.
- Environmentally friendly adhesives, sealants, paints, and coatings were used during the construction of the hospital.