HMI Awarded Prestigious LEED® Green Building Certification
(ISSAQUAH, Wash.) April 4, 2011 – HMI announced today that the HighMark Medical Center has been awarded LEED Gold certification, the first medical facility in Issaquah to receive the designation.
“HMI is very proud of the efforts of all parties involved with this project to achieve this success.” stated HMI CEO Michael Kerby. “LEED Gold was our goal from the start of the project; and, while the team was challenged at times, collaboration and diligence ensured we would reach that goal.”
The HighMark Medical Center was designed and constructed as a community facility minimizing negative environmental impacts while protecting and enhancing neighboring wetlands and surrounding areas. Features include rain gardens plus designed low energy use, lighting, and water use, along with other sustainable strategies. Ongoing efforts include environmentally friendly janitorial services, pest control prevention and landscaping practices.
The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. By using less energy, 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.
Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council, adds, “HighMark Medical Center’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership. The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and HighMark serves as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish.”
The project team included project owner HMI, architects Lance Mueller & Associates and Bob Fadden, with Rushforth Construction as general contractor. PacLand, Talasaea, and ArchEcology provided engineering, wetlands and LEED consultation services.
HighMark Medical Center is a Class A medical office facility boasting over 45,000 square feet of usable space with two stories of office space over a lower parking level.
Situated in Issaquah, WA at SR 900 and Maple Street, near the west end of Gilman Blvd, the building was designed utilizing natural elements in an effort to reflect the beauty and character of the northwest. Blending native materials, deep overhangs and natural lighting with modern elements such as stained concrete walkways, slatted window awnings and raw stone interior accent walls, this property is as inviting as it is functional.
Green Cleaning, Integrated Pest Management plan and use of recycled materials are processes which demonstrate the special attention paid to LEED compliance. Rain gardens with an abundant supply of native landscaping absorb storm water thus eliminating the need for obtrusive piping and vaults which eventually lead to the City’s storm system and alternatively contributes to the maintenance of the wetlands and recharges groundwater.
Features benefitting tenants and their patients include easy access via the new Sound Transit Park & Ride on SR 900 and Maple Street, covered parking garage with pick up/drop off area, a generator to ensure continued life-safety functions during power outages, a gurney size elevator, as well as an overall welcoming ambiance. Offering a facility of this caliber to physicians groups allows such groups to further serve their patient’s needs and leads them from busy downtown areas to an easily accessible location on the Eastside.
With just 20% of the building left available for lease, current tenants include:
For leasing information, please contact GVA Kidder Mathews:
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