Ames Family Hospice House awarded prestigious LEED Gold

The gardens and grounds at Ames Family Hospice House are chemical-free.  

Hospice of the Western Reserve announced that its new 40,000-square foot patient care center in Westlake, Ames Family Hospice House, has been awarded LEED Gold certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

Ames Family Hospice House achieved LEED Gold certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as 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 residents, workers and the larger community. 

Opened in July 2012, Ames Family Hospice House reflects the non-profit agency’s commitment to improving human and environmental health. More than 70 percent of the site is green space. The natural creek running through the property was left undisturbed and all of the lawns and gardens are chemical-free. A tree planting program ensures that the wood lot remains diverse and healthy. A rain garden was installed to mitigate storm water runoff. Special parking for eco-friendly vehicles and bike racks encourage the use of alternative transportation.

 “We are committed to sustainable organizational practices and environmental stewardship not only at Ames Family Hospice House, but throughout the agency,” said Bill Finn, Chief Executive Officer, Hospice of the Western Reserve. “Environmental stewardship, economic vitality and social responsibility are closely aligned with our mission to promote quality of life for our current patients and families, and to leave a positive lasting legacy for future generations.”   

“Building operations are nearly 40 percent of the solution to the global climate change challenge,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council. “While climate change is a global problem, innovative organizations like Hospice of the Western Reserve are addressing it through local solutions. The Ames Family Hospice House project efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come.”

LEED certification of Ames Family Hospice House was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. These features include:

  • Only wood certified as sourced from responsible providers was used
  • Low VOC paint, carpet and furnishings ensure indoor healthy air quality
  • Water-efficient fixtures reduce projected water use by 28 percent
  • Interior courtyards and walls of windows bring in ample natural light
  • Motion and photosensitive light fixtures respond only when needed
  • High-efficiency climate control systems are zoned for the occupants’ comfort
  • 75 percent of construction debris was diverted by repurposing or recycling

In 2012, the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District provided a grant to Hospice of the Western Reserve for the purchase of recycling containers for Ames Family Hospice House, as well as expert advice on signage and education. The award of $1,989.66 was used to purchase 39 recycling containers, including internal receptacles for the built-in recycling centers, mixed-use material containers for public areas, and mixed-use and paper-only containers for staff areas. The grant ensured that recycle containers were in place when the first patient arrived at the facility. Recycling remains an integral part of work processes not only at Ames Family Hospice House, but at all of the non-profit agency’s offices and facilities across its six-county service area in Northern Ohio.

Hospice of the Western Reserve is committed to long-term environmental sustainability. An example is the non-profit agency's relationship with Buckeye Industries. Through the partnership, Hospice of the Wesern Reserve is able to remove its cardboard and Styrofoam and repurpose it, which also supports its mission of keeping individuals with developmental disabilities independent.

Laurie Henrichsen

Public/Media Relations Manager 

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