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Mental Health Treatment Building at California Medical Facility Receives Top Honors for Energy Efficiency

Design significantly reduces utility consumption

VACAVILLE – A California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) 64-bed inpatient mental health treatment facility at California Medical Facility (CMF) in Vacaville was awarded one of the top certifications for its energy- and environmentally-efficient design.

The new 44,131 square-foot mental health treatment facility and housing unit received “Silver” certification in late January from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a third-party certification program developed by the United States Green Building Council in 2000. The certification program is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

“This is the third award CDCR has received for our continued efforts to conserve energy by reducing electricity usage as well as water consumption,” CDCR Secretary Jeff Beard said. “Our goal is to see all future projects awarded for their efficiency and sustainability.”

LEED criteria for a “Silver” award require building characteristics that promote occupant well-being and lessen the building’s environmental impacts. The most notable achievements for this project are in energy, water conservation and waste management.

The new building design reduced potable water waste by approximately 54 percent. Additionally, its efficient design reduces energy consumption by nearly 18 percent.

The project recycled more than 75 percent of the waste generated during demolition and construction. It also used regional content and specified wood products during construction.

The project team included CDCR, program manager Kitchell CEM, construction manager Vanir Construction Management, Nacht & Lewis Architects, CYS Structural Engineers, mechanical engineers from Capital Engineering, electrical engineers from CB Engineering, and general contractor Brown Construction. Green Building Services assisted the project team with establishing the sustainability objectives and the LEED certification process.

The LEED green building rating system was developed and is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington D.C.-based, nonprofit coalition of building industry leaders. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

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February 11, 2013
Contact: Dana Simas
(916) 445-4950