Our Building Hope expansion – known as the Forest Zone –has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in recognition of the building’s sustainable design and construction. 

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Gold is the second highest of four certifications the USGBC awards – a challenging level for healthcare facilities to achieve because of their high energy and water use.

Seattle Children’s is committed to making the healthiest choices we can when building and operating our facilities – healthy for the occupants, the community and the planet. We set a goal of achieving LEED Gold certification early in the planning for Building Hope, requiring us to meet high standards for site development, resource consumption, materials selection and the indoor environment. Highlights of the project’s green design and construction include:

  • Diverting more than 90% of construction and demolition debris through recycling and reuse
  • Cutting energy use by 47% and water use by 28%, compared to similar hospitals
  • A green roof that will provide habitat for urban wildlife and limit stormwater runoff by absorbing moisture
  • Improving streets and sidewalks around our campus to make it easier and safer for people to bike, bus and walk instead of drive
  • Using paints, adhesives, flooring and furniture with little or no amounts of volatile compounds, and using wood and wood products free of toxic urea-formaldehyde binders and adhesives
  • Emphasizing the use of recycled content – more than 20% as measured by cost – in building materials