Swedish/Issaquah earns Building of the Year honor

April 3, 2012

By Staff

Swedish/Issaquah earned the Building of the Year title in a recent poll of Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce readers.

Swedish Medical Center announced the honor March 26.

The $365 million hospital opened in July 2011. The initial phase encompassed clinics and offices spread across 200,000 square feet in a medical office building. The entire facility encompasses 528,000 square feet.

In November, Swedish/Issaquah opened patient beds and started offering inpatient services. The facility is licensed for up to 175 beds.

The hospital system and Puget Sound Energy partnered to develop a “practical ‘green’” facility — the most energy-efficient hospital in the state and perhaps the United States.

The hospital is oriented to receive as much sunlight as possible and daylight in the basement. On the roof, a 6,000-square-foot landscaped deck holds storm water and increases energy efficiency in the buildings.

Planners used computer modeling to create the energy-efficient building envelope, set insulation requirements, and select heating, cooling and lighting systems.

The hospital garnered more than 2,700 out of 7,153 votes cast in the Daily Journal of Commerce poll.

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