UW Health Union Corners Clinic Achieves LEED Silver Certification

UW Health Union Corners Clinic

The UW Health Sustainability and Planning Design and Construction departments are pleased to announce that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently awarded the Union Corners Clinic project as LEED Silver.


The team was able to maximize value for the facility and achieve a higher level of intended certification. This stands as a testament to the value of strong partnerships with our internal staff, consultants and construction teams.


The two-story, 60,000-square-foot building includes general internal medicine, imaging, laboratory, OB/GYN, pediatric departments, pharmacy, physical therapy, urgent care and underground parking for staff members.


According to USGBC, LEED-registered buildings are resource efficient. They use less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As an added bonus, they save money.


Key factors that helped Union Corners achieve LEED Silver included:

  • The project was developed on the old Rayovac battery factory site, which helped earn points for land redevelopment on brownfield sites.
  • There is no irrigation used for landscaping and vegetation was designed in an attempt to minimize the use of water.
  • Numerous measures were put in place to optimize energy conservation while maintaining patient and staff comfort.
  • Permeable pavers were used in strategic locations in the parking lot to minimize site water run-off, and help with water absorption.
  • More than 75 percent of construction waste was recycled.
  • More than 30 percent of the materials used for the building were regional, within 500 miles of Madison.
  • More than 50 percent of the wood used in the building was certified wood, meaning the wood is certified in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council's principles and criteria.
  • Low emitting materials were used for adhesives, paints, flooring and wood products to improve the indoor air environment, including green cleaning for the interior.

"LEED is a transformative tool that ensures a building is designed and operating to achieve high performance in key areas of human and environmental health, while enhancing the triple bottom line – people, planet and profit," stated Mahesh Ramanujam, USGBC president and CEO. "By prioritizing sustainability, UW Health is leading the way in their industry and helping USGBC continue toward our vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation."


Mary Evers Statz, UW Health program director of sustainability, says collaboration was crucial in order for Union Corners to achieve LEED certification.


"This was truly a team effort among our commissioning agent (Sustainable Engineering Group), architect (Plunkett Raysich Architects), engineer (JDR), general contractor (JP Cullen), and of course, UW Health," states Statz. "All team members contributed a great deal to make the LEED Silver designation happen."