"GGHC has been comfortably situated in 1775 Broadway for more than 15 years, and had a strong desire to renew and expand within the property," Emden said.
"With its high ceilings, large windows and views overlooking Central Park, the penthouse floors at 1775 have been an ideal fit for GGHC. The company was extremely satisfied with our ability to obtain favorable terms, enabling their business to continue to grow." In 2000, Emden and Desino arranged a 50,000 s/f lease for GGHC at the General Motors Building, 767 Fifth Avenue, which was later subleased to the U.S.
Now more mandate than trend, GGHC and the newly launched LEED for Healthcare are indicators of this design shift toward health.
In particular, the GGHC outlines the health issues involved in every single credit of the guideline.
It was through Smith's work on the GGHC steering committee that the evidence-based research on the health benefits of nature was included in the sustainable sites section of the guide and is now in the new LEED for Healthcare (LEEDHC).
Because of the multidisciplinary design teams and integrated systems required for healthcare facilities, the Integrated Design Process is a prerequisite in both the GGHC and LEEDHC as well as in the Sustainable Sites Initiative.
"In many ways, the GGHC is actually out in front of LEED in that they are more research-focused and are able to consider new concepts and study their effectiveness," notes Roy Gunsolus, AIA, LEED AP, and principal/director of healthcare sustainability at HKS in Dallas.
That being said, some significant developments are in the works, both with GGHC and LEED, in their combined quest to provide well-researched, expert guidelines to the healthcare design community.
* 52% are considering use of the GGHC
or LEED rating system.
Taking on the task of ensuring greener operations, Sharon Warner completed the Eco-checklist from Practice Greenhealth that was adopted from the GGHC
Issues such as 24/7 operations, energy and water use intensity, chemical use, infection control requirements and formidable regulatory requirements can pose significant obstacles to the implementation of currently accepted sustainability protocols (GGHC 2007).
GGHC, Green Guide for Health Care: best practices for creating high performance healing environments 2007.