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Swedish Issaquah Medical Center

Harmonizing with the landscape while protecting the environment

Issaquah, Washington
Collins Woerman

The Puget Sound region with its abundance of trees, water, and mountain peaks is where Swedish Health System has served communities for over 100 years. When designing this campus in the heart of this natural beauty, Swedish embraced the opportunity to create a healthcare campus that compliments the natural environment and protects the delicate ecosystem surrounding it.

The medical center’s facilities include an ambulatory care center, a five-story medical office building, and an acute-care hospital. Some of the campus’ sustainable features include a courtyard filled with native Northwest plants, a 6,000SF landscaped rooftop deck, a heat-recovery chiller to capture the heat generated by cooling devices, energy efficient windows that bring the outdoors inside, and LED lighting and controls throughout. The hospital is oriented to capture full sun on three sides and daylight in the basement. These elements help connect patients to the healing power of nature.

Swedish Issaquah is designed to use 40 percent less energy per square foot than a normal facility of its size, with the expectation of recouping all energy efficient investments by the end of the decade.

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