The new Clinical Academic Campus at Kelowna General Hospital was officially granted LEED Canada Golf certification status on Friday.
Politicians, along with representatives from Interior Health, Infusion Health, Graham Design Builders and UBC Faculty of Medicine Southern Medical Program attended the plaque unveiling.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health—sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
The Clinical Academic Campus at KGH is home to the UBC Faculty of Medicine Southern Medical Program and UBC Rural Family Practice Residency Program.
This 34,000-square-foot stand-alone facility officially opened on Jan. 25, 2010, and includes a 180-seat lecture theatre, and specialized video conferencing rooms and clinical skills areas for medical undergraduates and post-graduate residents. In addition, the Interior Health Dr. Clifford B. Henderson Library and KGH staff are located in this shared building.
“The CAC is the first certified LEED Canada building and the first Gold certified building in Kelowna and the Okanagan. This is a great achievement of which everyone involved should be proud, said Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick. ”
Norman Embree, Interior Health board chair, added: “While Interior Health’s goal is to improve the health and wellness of its residents, we understand the linkage between health and the environment.
“The Clinical Academic Campus is a good example of reducing our environmental impact while at the same time expanding facilities and services.”