Ohio State’s New Inpatient Hospital Project Wexner Medical Center has been recognized for its environmental safety efforts.
As part of the Ohio State Frame 2.0, the medical center is building an inpatient hospital east of Cannon Drive. The hospital received the Green Bonds designation for its commitment to sustainability and will receive funding of $ 600 million, according to an article published Oct. 1 on the Office of Business and Finance. website.
“The Green Bonds designation means the inpatient hospital will meet strict energy efficiency standards,” Kurt Kauffman, director of finance for the office of business and finance, said in an email.
The design meets standards to increase energy efficiency, reduce water consumption, utilize improved commissioning, and includes many other eco-friendly features to accommodate sustainability guidelines to qualify for the distinction, said Ragan Fallang, executive project manager for facility design and construction, in an email.
“The inpatient hospital will have significantly lower power consumption than other hospitals,” Fallang said. “The building is constructed with materials derived from sustainability criteria. ”
Kauffman said the university had worked with a certified auditor accredited by the Climate Bonds Initiative to apply for the designation.
University spokesman Dan Hedman said in an email that the university is committed to building sustainable buildings, many of which have received the Leadership in energy and environmental design certificate.
“We will build and operate better facilities and a more sustainable physical environment while advancing the university’s sustainability goals,” Hedman said.
The new inpatient hospital is slated to open in 2026, and the 1.9 million square foot building is the largest single facilities project the university has ever undertaken, Hedman said.
“[The inpatient hospital] will enhance a unified Ohio State Wexner Medical Center campus, delivering cutting-edge research, exceptional clinical training and world-class patient care, ”said Hedman.