UMATILLA — The Lake County Department of Facilities Development & Management announced this week that the Lake County Health Department clinic in Umatilla, located at located at 249 E. Collins St., was officially certified with a silver rating in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.
“Every resident of Lake County should be proud that we not only have one of the most functional health clinics in the state, but also the greenest,” said Lake County Commissioner Welton Cadwell. “Lake County is the first in the state to have a LEED-certified health clinic, and we have set the bar high for the rest of the state by winning LEED silver status.”
The $3.6 million project began in May 2007 and was completed about one year later. The new facility enables the Lake County Health Department to offer clinical services to the surrounding community, including family health, maternity, immunizations and specialty clinics. The project included a complete overhaul of the existing 4,600-square-foot structure and adding 11,000 square feet of space.
Added features to the health facility include exam rooms, nursing workstations, storage rooms and a laboratory. A few of the green-building initiatives implemented at the health clinic included:
• Increased insulation
• Solar panels
• Fluorescent lights with motion sensors that deactivate when rooms are unoccupied
• Low-flow fixtures coupled with sensors and automatic controls
• Native Florida landscaping
• A computerized heating and cooling system with an advanced filtration unit
• A reflective roof to decrease heat-island effects
A voluntary program, LEED provides a complete framework for assessing building performance and meeting sustainability goals. Based on well-founded scientific standards, LEED emphasizes state-of-the-art strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.