Cornell University Health Services

Cornell Health surrounded by the green leaves of summer.
Cornell Health Center

Cornell University Health Services

LEED Certified Gold

Cornell’s complete renovation of the old Ganett health center, now called Cornell Health has been awarded a LEED® Gold Rating by the US Green Building Council.

The renovation of the old health center served two purposes: taking the older, inefficient building out of service and replacing it with a more efficient space, accomplishing many sustainability measures along the way. Included in the project were using recycled and regionally produces building materials, water and energy efficiency, and maintaining indoor environmental quality. 

On the LEED-certified scorecard, Health Services scored 64 out of 110 possible points. For a full breakdown, review the report on the US Green Buildings Certification (USGBC) website.

Sustainable Sites Water Efficiency Energy & Atmosphere Materials & Resources Indoor Environmental Quality Innovation & Design Regional Priority
Points Earned 18 / 26 6 / 10 18 / 35 3 / 14 11 / 15 5 / 6 3 / 4

Project Highlights

  • The gut renovation of an existing building gave Cornell a beautiful new space for the Health Center while avoiding the negative effects of new development. No green space was lost, and existing habitats and stormwater runoff patterns remained the same, all while supporting more efficient use of indoor space
  • A rock garden outside the building, as well as ample windows to let in views of the lake and natural light support health and wellness. 
  • A 40% reduction in water use due to high-efficiency water fixtures throughout the building
  • Mechanical and electrical systems were completely replaced, resulting in a reduction in energy cost of 39%
  • 14% of building materials were made of recycled content, and 23% of building materials were regionally extracted or manufactured.

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