Green hospital replaces infamous Walter Reed. Architectural overview, here. Over the top, Michael Bay-esque, meta-corny video goodness, here. LEED Silver status buildings include rain gardens, cisterns, green roofs, probably robots.
Green Healthcare Facility Tour and Cocktail Reception
Fort Belvoir Army Medical Center
June 13, 2011
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm Co-presented by HDR Architecture, Inc.
Joining the groundswell of green buildings crossing the globe, the U.S. Army and U.S. Department of Defense will soon open the premier military community hospital in the country – and the world’s first hospital that successfully marries the Military Health System’s Evidence-based Design (EBD) principles with LEED® requirements. Currently under construction, the new Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, south of Washington, D.C., a 1.27-million-square-foot facility, features an inpatient medical center including 120 beds, outpatient clinical space, cafeteria, pharmacy and a number of other services.
The tour will explore the energy saving systems such as heat recovery chillers, water conservation technologies such as the rainwater and condensation collection system, and Evidence-based Design features such as interior and exterior gardens integrated into the project, and the Sustainable Return on Investment (SROI) analyses used as decision-making tool during the design process. The SROI analysis, which is an enhanced version of a life-cycle cost analysis that incorporates risk and provides triple bottom line results, revealed that the building will avoid 4,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year resulting from its energy and water efficient design. These results and more will be presented during the one-hour tour of the facility.
This is HealthMap, a visual aggregator of health related illnesses in real time. On the one hand, it clearly shows where there are outbreaks of serious disease, like H1N1, Avian Influenza (e.g., bird flu), measles, HIV and others. For example, currently there are 11 million cases of Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease reported in two provinces in south-central China. It also lists chemical spills, and other accidents. (Primer with ppt slides, here).
On the other hand, what is the point? The map scrapes the web for reports of health problems. Yet, not everything gets reported - especially in closed governments like, well, China. And there’s plenty of mistaken diagnoses out there, especially in developing countries.
Will decision makers (like the U.S. Surgeon General) make decisions based on the information on this map?? Will travelers? Is the information reliable? How can we check? Finally, the public really isn’t interested in doing fact-checking. So, won’t this give the public a false sense of security?
So many questions. What do you think?