UW Health's Stoughton Clinic Earns Prestigious Environmental Award

MADISON - With this month marking the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, UW Health Stoughton has become the first health care facility in Wisconsin to receive a prestigious honor for environmentally friendly construction.


UW Health Stoughton ClinicThe clinic at 1001 Nygaard St. has earned the U.S. Green Building Council's Silver Certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System™.

The building was recognized for five key areas of human and environmental health:

  • Sustainable site development
  • Water savings
  • Energy efficiency
  • Materials selection
  • Indoor environmental quality

"We are so proud that UW Health Stoughton is a Silver LEED-certified building," says Dr. Karen Pletta, a pediatrician at the clinic and clinical associate professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. "The clinic is beautiful with spacious feeling in all areas and rooms. We appreciate the green techniques used in building to help the environment and community around us."

U.S. Green Building Council's Silver Certification logoTri-North Builders, the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation (UWMF) and the architectural firm of Kahler Slater collaborated on the LEED design while staying within the approved budget for the certification. The clinic opened its doors in July 2009.

"This is an exciting achievement to be a part of," says Tom Thayer, president of Tri-North Builders. "It's a great example to set for future UW Health facilities."

Materials used in construction were made with recycled content, and extracted, processed, and manufactured within a 500-mile radius. Other features include:

  • Fuel-efficient vehicle and carpool parking for employees and clients
  • Individual thermostats in exam rooms for individualized comfort and energy control
  • Materials made from recycled content including flooring, glass, doors, wall coverings, ceiling tile, and drywall
  • Increased outdoor air use creating a healthier environment for staff and patients
  • Natural day lighting to reduce energy use
  • Carbon monoxide monitoring and filtering to provide the healthiest environment possible
  • Plants that require little to no water, bypassing need for an irrigation system
  • Modifications to reduce facility water usage by 20 percent
  • Diversion of more than 75 percent of construction waste
  • Use of materials with low volatile organic compounds (VOC) ratings
  • Use of green housekeeping products and processes

This project also uses a state-of-the-art energy conservation system with specialized lighting fixtures, occupancy sensors, and daylight sensors. These features have made the building 14 percent more energy efficient than buildings of a similar size.

UW Health Stoughton provides comprehensive health care including family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatric and adolescent medicine. LEED certification is now a standard for all future UW Medical Foundation building projects.


About Tri-North Builders

Founded in 1981 in Madison as a General Contracting firm, Tri-North Builders has grown to become one of the largest construction companies in the United States. With a focus in Commercial, Healthcare, Hospitality, Institutional, and Retail Construction, Tri-North Builders currently works throughout the US and Canada. They are a "Green Building Leader" in their industry, with offices to better serve their clients in Madison, Milwaukee, Dallas and San Francisco. To learn more about Tri-North Builders, visit www.Tri-North.com or contact Robert Thayer at (608) 271-8717.

Date Published: 04/22/2010

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