Sacred Heart Medical Center at River Bend
   
One of the seven beautiful roof gardens at the Sacred Heart Medical Center at River Bend; Photo Courtesy of Express Blower, Inc.Project Name: Sacred Heart Medical Center at River Bend
Year: 2008
Owner: PeaceHealth
Location: Springfield, OR, USA
Building Type: Healthcare
Type: Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 50441 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private
Submitted by: Express Blower, Inc.

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
General Contractor: Turner Construction Company
Architect: Anshen+Allen Architects
Architect: WATG Architects
Landscape, Irrigation and Water Features Installation: Rexius Forest By-Products
Growth Media/Aggregate Blower, Pneumatic Equipment: Express Blower, Inc.
Photo Courtesy of Express Blower, Inc.Photo Courtesy of Express Blower, Inc.Photo Courtesy of Express Blower, Inc.
Sacred Heart Medical Center is home to 386 private patient rooms and nearly 1.2 million square feet of space. The hospital opened on August 10, 2008 and the Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend is a "brand new, state-of-the-art regional medical center located in Oregon's picturesque Willamette Valley. The creators of Sacred Heart at RiverBend are on the leading edge of evidence-based hospital design, creating a patient-centered, healing environment with a strong focus on quality clinical outcomes and patient safety

"When PeaceHealth's volunteer Governing Board chose to locate its new hospital at RiverBend, one of the first steps it took was to adopt environmental stewardship principles to guide the design and development of the site," (Sacred Heart website, see below). In 2009 the American Society for Healthcare Engineering and the American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health selected Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend as the Vista Award winner in the new construction category (Turner Construction, 2009).
Photo Courtesy of Express Blower, Inc.Photo Courtesy of Express Blower, Inc.
The holistic concept used in the planning of this campus includes seven rooftop gardens ranging between 4 and 6 stories. These "eco-roofs" not only provide welcome greenscapes for patients to enjoy, but also intercept storm water and reduce the amount and temperature of runoff entering the city storm water system. Rexius Forest PeaceHealth has made a number of important commitments, and just some include:

An innovative, chemical-free cooling water treatment system protects ground water resources and the city's sewer system by eliminating the need to use or store potentially harmful chemicals. Natural daylight provides significant light throughout the building, which will enhance the patient experience and reduce the need for energy-consuming artificial light. All surface parking lots feature bioswales to treat storm water runoff closest to its source. The bioswales use vegetation, soils, and filter fabric to clean runoff before it reaches the city storm water system. And there are seven rooftop gardens at RiverBend.

Rexius Forest By-Products was contracted to do the landscape, irrigation and water features. Using their TM-45MD Express Blower truck, Rexius placed approximately 220 tons of aggregate, 120 cubic yards of mulch, and over 700 cubic yards of rooftop mix in 14 days.

Additional thumbnail photos:

Aerial overview; Photo Source: Anshen+Allen ArchitectsPhoto Source: Anshen+Allen ArchitectsPhoto Courtesy of Express Blower, Inc.Photo Source: WATGPhoto Source: Anshen+Allen Architects
Read all about the Sacred Heart Medical Center at River Bend at their PeaceHealth website and main page here, as well as their extremely informative "River Bend Magazine" devoted completely to the new facility here. Also see the 2009 Spring/Summer Healthcare Monitor from Turner Healthcare here. Visit the following architects to learn more and see additional photos: WATG and Anshen+Allen. Sacred Heart Medical Center at River Bend was featured in the 2010 Greenroofs of the World(TM) Calendar for the month of February.
 
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