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Aspen Valley Hospital expansion gets ‘gold’ LEED honor

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Aspen Valley Hospital announced Wednesday that the U.S. Green Building Council has awarded it "gold" LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for its new hospital construction.

Colorado Medical Center of the Rockies is the only other hospital in the state to receive such a designation.

Aspen Valley Hospital's recognized project includes the addition of an inpatient unit; oncology and infusion services; rehabilitation services including physical, speech, occupational and cardiopulmonary; and medical office space. The addition opened in the fall of 2012.

"We were anticipating a silver rating and would have been very pleased with that," said John Schied, project manager for the hospital's construction project. "To have received the higher gold rating is a testament to the expertise and commitment of the entire team — the board of directors, architects, contractors and all others who contributed to the project."

"This is an historic milestone," said lead architect Russ Sedmak, of Heery International. "The Colorado hospitals who have gold LEED certification are two of only a handful of such facilities in the world."

LEED is a rating system for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of green buildings. Points are awarded based on potential environmental and human benefits.

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