Issaquah ‘green’ medical building is certified gold

May 3, 2011

By Staff

The “green” HighMark Medical Center has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification.

The building at state Route 900 and Northwest Maple Street is the first medical facility in Issaquah to receive the designation.

“HighMark is very proud of the efforts of all parties involved with this project to achieve this success,” HighMark CEO Michael Kerby said in a release. “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.”

Features include rain gardens and low-energy lighting. Ongoing “green” efforts include eco-friendly janitorial services, pest-control prevention and landscaping practices.

“HighMark Medical Center’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous ‘green’ building leadership,” Rick Fedrizzi, U.S. Green Building Council president, CEO and founding chairwoman, said in a release. “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.”

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