Margaret and Charles Juravinski Centre

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton scores LEED gold

Published 13 November 2014

HAMILTON, ONTARIO – Plenary Health’s contribution to sustainability has been recognised by the Canadian Green Building Council, with The Margaret and Charles Juravinski Centre for Integrated Health on the St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton campus achieving a LEED gold rating.

Delivered by Plenary Health as a public-private partnership for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, under a 33-year agreement, the Centre is among an elite few healthcare projects in Canada to have achieved LEED Gold.

Plenary Concessions CEO, Mike Marasco, said the Plenary Health design team – comprising Plenary Group and Cannon Design – had exceeded the Project Agreement requirement for LEED Silver.

“Originally targeting LEED Silver we felt confident that, with a strong commitment from both our client and design team, we could achieve gold,” said Mr Marasco. “This is an outstanding result for everyone involved in the delivery of the Centre and St. Joe’s redevelopment.”

Mr Marasco said that some of the sustainable design strategies applied included; the use of recycled, locally sourced and low-emitting building materials; drought resistant planting with a rainwater cistern for partial landscape irrigation; a heat recovery system; occupancy and daylighting sensors and a combination white reflective/green roof system.

The Centre also maximizes its east-west orientation through solar heat gain and, importantly, was designed with people top of mind: The project features five interior courtyards that increase daylighting and a large amount of vegetated open space which provides outdoor access for users.

The Margaret and Charles Juravinski Centre for Integrated Health is a mental health and addiction hospital that provides an integrated approach to education, research and clinical care. The facility houses 305 mental health and addiction inpatient beds, mental health and medical outpatient clinics, clinical support, administrative and facility support functions, and education and research space.