Newnan, GA (October 25, 2012) - Piedmont Newnan Hospital (PNH) was presented a $50,000 “Grants to Green” award by the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta to pipe untreated water for landscape irrigation to the new campus, as part of its plan to “build green.”
This goal of Community Foundation grants is to give local nonprofits the opportunity to build healthier work places that are energy, water and environmentally efficient. The Foundation believes that increasing the cost-efficiency of operations ultimately saves money that could go toward providing more services.
The grant was used to offset the expense for laying purple, industry-standard pipe to transport non-potable water from the Coweta County Water and Sewage authority to the hospital to be used for landscape irrigation. PNH shared in the Water and Sewage Authority’s expense of running the pipe to the edge of the property, as well as from that edge to both PNH and the Medical Office Building.
According to Ken Flynn, PNH Senior Project Manager for Construction Management, and the new hospital’s “green champion,” this is one of many efforts to build green. Landscaping will feature drought tolerant plants and materials and high tech moisture sensors will gauge the need for watering. Select areas will have “green” roofs, with vegetation growing. During construction, most waste materials are being recycled.
“We are seeking certification by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™. This is just another example of our long-term commitment to energy efficiencies, environmental controls and cost savings,” Flynn says.
The new hospital is being built on a 105-acre campus; the footprint of the hospital will be 36 acres. The intent is to preserve as much green space as possible, giving it a warm, campus feel. Piedmont Newnan Hospital will be the tallest building in the Southwest Atlanta area. Architects Perkins and Will designed it and the contractor is the KBR Building Group. Meadows and Ohly designed the Piedmont Medical Office Building and the contractor is Brasfield and Gorrie. The new campus is set to open May 2012.