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FINAL REPORT ON PROJECT COMPLETENESS
Jackson Park Hospital Green Building Medical Center
Award No. DE-FG26_08NT01985
Jackson Park Hospital completed the construction of a new Medical Office Building on its campus this spring. The new
building construction has adopted the City of Chicago's recent focus on protecting the environment, and conserving
energy and resources, with the introduction of green building codes. Located in a poor, inner city neighborhood on the
South side of Chicago, Jackson Park Hospital has chosen green building strategies to help make the area a better place to
live and work.
The new green building houses the hospital's Family Medicine Residency Program and Specialty Medical Offices. The
residency program has been vital in attracting new, young physicians to this medically underserved area. The new
outpatient center will also help to allure needed medical providers to the community. The facility also has areas
designated to women's health and community education. The Community Education Conference Room will provide
learning opportunities to area residents. Emphasis will be placed on conserving resources and protecting our
environment, as well as providing information on healthcare access and preventive medicine.
The new Medical Office Building was constructed with numerous energy saving features. The exterior cladding of the
building is an innovative, locally-manufactured precast concrete panel system with integral insulation that achieves an
R-value in excess of building code requirements. The roof is a "green roof' covered by native plantings, lessening the
impact solar heat gain on the building, and reducing air conditioning requirements. The windows are low-E, tinted, and
insulated to reduce cooling requirements in summer and heating requirements in winter. The main entrance has an air
lock to prevent unconditioned air from entering the building and impacting interior air temperatures. Since much of the
traffic in and out of the office building comes from the adjacent Jackson Park Hospital, a pedestrian bridge connects the
two buildings, further decreasing the amount of unconditioned air that enters the office building. The HVAC system has
an Energy Efficiency Rating 29% greater than required. No CFC based refrigerants were used in the HVAC system, thus
reducing the emission of compounds that contribute to ozone depletion and global warming. In addition, interior light
fixtures employ the latest energy-efficient lamp and ballast technology. Interior lighting throughout the building is
operated by sensors that will automatically turn off lights inside a room when the room is unoccupied. The electrical
traction elevators use less energy than typical elevators, and they are made of 95% recycled material. Further, locally
manufactured products were used throughout, minimizing the amount of energy required to construct this building.
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Figure 1 Jackson Park Medical Office Building
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Dorsey, William & Vasquez, Nelson. Jackson Park Hospital Green Building Medical Center, report, March 1, 2010; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc834229/m1/2/: accessed November 15, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.