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A Big-Picture Approach: Making Sustainability a Key Hospital Feature

Stringent requirements make sustainable design difficult. However, these challenges did not deter the team at Monroe Clinic in Monroe, Wis., when it began planning a new replacement hospital.

Construction of the new hospital was an opportunity to create a healthcare campus that fulfilled Monroe Clinic’s mission of creating healthy communities and its commitment to being a good steward of natural and fiscal resources. The new 225,000-squarefoot, four-story, $83 million hospital opened its doors in March 2012, and features 50 acute- and critical-care beds, an expanded emergency department, imaging, a surgery and procedure center, birthing and women’s health services, a cardiology department and cardiac rehabilitation services.

The design team, led by architecture and experience design firm Kahler Slater, was challenged to incorporate sustainable features and operational efficiencies into the new building while using the project as an opportunity to facilitate cultural change throughout the organization.