Burt-Watts Constructs LEED-Certified MRI Suite
Austin-based Burt-Watts Industries, Inc. will provide general contracting and construction management services for the expansion of a new $10.8 million dollar intra-operative MRI suite at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas.
The IMRISneuro is a fully integrated operating room that includes a unique, movable MRI machine that allows surgeons to safely image patients in the operating room during brain surgery.
Dell Children’s Medical Center’s 6,000-sq-ft suite, scheduled to open this summer, is one of less than 20 medical facilities in the world to have the IMRISneuro. The suite, to be located 20 ft below ground-level, will have copper shielding. A room will be also specifically designed to house the IMRISneuro when not in use.
The new MRI suite is following LEED Platinum standards. Dell Children’s is the first hospital in the world to receive the designation.
Austin, Texas – (January 8, 2008) Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, a member of the Seton Family of Hospitals, has become the first hospital in the world to receive the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Platinum designation, given by the U.S. Green Building Council.
“Even before the first plans were drawn up, we set our sights on creating a world-class children’s hospital, and becoming the first LEED Platinum hospital in the world was definitely part of that,” said Robert Bonar, president and CEO, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. “Our motivation to pursue LEED Platinum was not just environmental. Being a ‘green’ hospital has a profound, measureable effect on healing. What’s good for the environment and good for our Mueller neighbors is also good for our patients.”
Dell Children’s, which occupies nearly one-half million square feet on 32 acres that were once part of Austin’s old Mueller Airport, opened in June 2007. Its environmentally-sensitive design not only conserves water and electricity, but positively impacts the hospital’s clinical environment by improving air quality, making natural sunlight more readily available, and reducing a wide range of pollutants.
Inside the facility, sunlight reaches 80 percent of the available space. Outside, sustainable and indigenous building materials were used throughout the façade. A 4.3 megawatt natural gas-fired power plant produces 100 percent of the hospital’s electricity, heating and cooling.
Dell Children’s routinely plays host to visiting clinical, environmental and architectural experts from around the world, and features six interior healing gardens, each representing a distinct ecosystem within Dell Children’s 46-county service area.
In order to achieve LEED certification, buildings are rated in five key areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Listed below are some of the accomplishments in each LEED category:read more