W.H. and Elaine McCarty South Tower Earns LEED-HC Platinum

July 30, 2013
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Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas (Austin, Texas), a member of the Seton Family of Hospitals, has earned a second green building achievement.

The W.H. and Elaine McCarty South Tower of Dell Children's has earned the first-ever Leadership in Energy & Environmental Designfor Healthcare (LEED-HC) Platinum designation from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). This is the second LEED designation for Dell Children's, which became the world's first LEED Platinum certified hospital in 2008.

The design of the bed tower conserves water and electricity, and also positively impacts the hospital's clinical environment by improving air quality, making natural sunlight more readily available and reducing a wide range of pollutants.

In addition to the LEED-HC Platinum Certification, the new bed tower at Dell Children's has recently received multiple honors for sustainable design.

The three-story, 75,000-square-foot bed tower increases Dell Children's capacity to treat Central Texas children by 40 percent  bringing the hospital's total bed capacity to 248. Featuring 72 beds, an  epilepsy monitoring unit and many family-centered features, the expansion makes it possible for Dell Children's to create and expand programs critical to meet the growing needs of the region.

The new tower also includes an acute care pediatric rehabilitation unit with dedicated inpatient care, toddler Rehab, and a therapy gym.

The general contractor for the project was The Beck Group.