by Veterinary Practice News Editors | December 4, 2009 5:40 pm
Animal Hospital in Arizona Goes GreenAnimal Hospital in Arizona Goes GreennewslinePosted: Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009
Central Animal Hospital of Tucson, Ariz., has moved into a 5,000-square-foot “green” facility.
The hospital expects to be the first veterinary hospital in North America to receive a LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Paperwork should be completed by year’s end, according to co-owner Michael Samuels, DVM.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized “green” certification system that provides third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using environmentally friendly and energy-saving features.
Dr. Samuels and co-owner Judy Miller, DVM, said they believe it is the responsibility of business owners, especially those in health care, to take into consideration the health of the environment as well as the health of patients when constructing facilities.
Some of the building’s green features include:
“Clients really love [the new facility],” Samuels said. “Tucson is an environmentally friendly town, so people appreciate it.”
Neighbors have asked for pointers on how they can incorporate “green” living into their homes, Samuels said.
“That’s our hope, to serve as an example for others,” he said.
Central Animal Hospital was designed by David E. Shambach, Architects, and constructed by Lang Wyatt Construction, both of Tucson. Technicians for Sustainability, also in Tucson, installed the solar hot water system and photovoltaic panels.
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