Duluth Clinic-Lakeside Receives LEED Designation

Howie Hanson, Howie E-Blog

DULUTH, MN – SMDC’s new Duluth Clinic-Lakeside,  which opened in September 2008, has been recognized with a Leadership in Energy  and Environmental Design certification for

SMDC (Essentia Health) Lakeside Clinic, Duluth Minnesota; LEED Certified
SMDC (Essentia Health) Lakeside Clinic, Duluth Minnesota; LEED Certified

its environmentally sustainable  construction. The basic LEED designation was awarded by the U.S. Green Building  Council and means the Lakeside Clinic, in addition to being a state-of-the-art  medical facility, is a state-of-the-art healthy building as well.

SMDC leases the building at 4621 E.  Superior St., which is owned by A&L Properties. The project’s architect was DSGW Architects.  Johnson-Wilson Constructors was the general contractor.

“We’re in the healthcare business  and we wanted this building to mesh with our mission,” Harvey Anderson,  SMDC’s Vice President of Facilities, said in a prepared statement. “The clinic  needed to be a sustainable building, designed with patients and staff in mind.  We wanted the interior environment to be chemical-free and odor-free.”

“This is the first LEED-certified  building for our firm and to achieve this honor has been very gratifying,” said  DSGW architect Rebecca Lewis, former national president of the American  College of Healthcare Architects. “We knew it was a goal of SMDC to have a  better clinic for its employees and its customers and this project has been  well worth it.” To get the LEED certification, many  factors are taken into consideration — from the little things, such as bike  racks and the location of the clinic on a Duluth Transit Authority bus line, to  the big things, such as low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint and  carpeting.

Ryan Turner, a LEED-certified DSGW architect who also helped with the  project, praised SMDC’s Facility Planning/Architecture Manager Karl  Ruthenback and his staff for their assistance. “It was an open, collaborative process,” Turner  said.