FedEx Family House Receives LEED Gold Certification
Residence Facility Pushes Environmental Initiatives While Helping Families of Pediatric Patients
July 5, 2012
The 33,568-square-foot FedEx Family House building that is used to house family members of patients receiving extended care at the nearby Le Bonheur Children's Hospital has recently been awarded LEED Gold Certification by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). The designation makes the facility one of the first pediatric residences to be awarded LEED Certification.
The designation has was awarded for the site's promotion of environmentally friendly features including access to public transportation, recycling stations in common areas, and reducing the heat-island effect through site landscaping and shading. The project also boasts 44 percent water reduction, 24 percent energy reduction, and 70 percent of electrical demand supplied by renewable sources. In addition, 76 percent of construction waste was recycled, 32 percent of materials were manufactured regionally, and many were made of rapidly renewable materials.
As part of the certification, 918 Poplar Ave. in Memphis, TN qualifies to receive a $15,000 award from the Memphis Regional Chapter of the USGBC that was funded by a 2008 grant from Memphis Light, Gas and Water to encourage and recognize businesses and organizations that achieve LEED Certification with extra emphasis on energy and water measures.