North Arundel Medical Center Achieves LEED Gold Certification

The new Kaiser Permanente North Arundel Medical Office Building provides an array of easily-accessible medical services to the residents of Glen Burnie, Maryland, including, but not limited to, Primary Care, Pediatrics, OB/GYN, Optometry, Medical Imaging, and a Pharmacy. However, being a health-focused company, Kaiser Permanente wanted this building to be designed and constructed with the health of the environment in mind. Keeping with this objective, the 23,735 square foot facility was designed to achieve LEED Gold certification by focusing on energy-saving technologies and sustainable building methods and materials.

CBRE | Heery served as the Commissioning Authority (CxA) for the project. The commissioning team was instrumental in helping Kaiser Permanente work towards their LEED goals. One of the specific requirement imposed by Kaiser Permanente was to achieve an Energy Use Intensity of less than 62 kBTU/ft². Designed into the new building is a state-of-the-art HVAC system with an Energy Recovery Outdoor Air Unit, Variable Refrigerant Volume system, and Building Automation System. Incorporated into the building is a Lutron N-light lighting control system, programmed to operate as efficiently as possible. In order to further limit the building’s energy usage, a Demand Response sequence was added to the design. The sequence calls for the space temperature setpoints so that less energy is used whenever the buildings total energy usage exceeds a preset threshold. These measures, along with specifying other energy efficient equipment, resulted in an EUI of 41.4 in the engineer’s energy model of the completed office building.