Healthy Buildings

Our buildings support our mission by addressing the intrinsic link between a person’s health and their environment. In this sense, our patients’ environment includes the air they breathe and the water they drink, their behaviors including exercise and nutrition, and their values including their choice of healthcare system. Our buildings must support the health of our caregivers, patients and communities. To date, we have achieved 15 LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings – 8 silver and 4 gold. In 2016, we continued to grow and set new standards for our buildings and development that support the health of our patients, caregivers, and communities.

Taussig Cancer Institute

Taussig Cancer Center

In late 2016, Cleveland Clinic completed construction on our new $276 million multidisciplinary Taussig Cancer Center that united all treatment care teams on our main campus in one central facility and accelerated one of the most robust cancer research enterprises in the country. The new seven-story facility is part of Cleveland Clinic’s Master Plan, which aims to build a more open and welcoming campus for patients and visitors, as well as stronger collaboration among staff.

The 377,000-square-foot facility has been designed to optimize patient experience and physician collaboration with clinical space focused on multidisciplinary care and conveniently accessible expanded support services. The project will be pursuing LEED certification, continuing Cleveland Clinic’s green building tradition.

The new space will accommodate projected growth with an emphasis on features specifically for patients, including:

  • Maximum use of natural light and outdoor courtyard views to comfort and calm patients receiving treatment;
  • An additional 19 exam rooms for a total of 126;
  • An additional 17 private and semi-private chemo infusion rooms for a total of 98;
  • Expanded patient services in a central location including healing and support services, genetic counseling, social workers, wig boutique, art therapy and complimentary massages, pedicures/manicures, prosthetics services and make-up application;
  • Spiritual support center; and
  • Leading-edge technology and equipment to fight and treat cancer including Gamma Knife, six Linear Accelerators for radiation treatment with the latest imaging services including an MRI.

Functional Medicine & WELL Building

Glickman WELL

In September, 2016, Cleveland Clinic opened a 17,000 square-foot space on our main campus for the Center for Functional Medicine. The new space is seeking WELL Building certification in 2017, which works hand-in-hand with LEED certification, and is based on monitoring the features of buildings that impact human health and wellbeing.

WELL evaluates a building’s performance based on seven core concepts: indoor air pollution, water quality, nourishment from healthy foods, lighting systems designed to enhance occupant experience, integration of exercise into everyday life, comfortable and productive workspaces, cognitive and emotional health, and innovation for new ideas that impact the interaction between buildings and human health.

“When you talk about thinking about the holistic approach and really looking at the entire body and looking at optimal health, you have to think about all of these features that affect that, so that's what we did in this space,”

— Tawny Jones, Administrator for Functional Medicine

The new Center for Functional Medicine expects to see over 3,000 patients in 2017, nearly a 50% increase from 2016. This new center continues to our support our mission by providing healing environments for our patients to receive care that recognize the inherent link between human health and environmental health.

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Avon Hospital

Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital

On November 15, 2016, Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital began welcoming its first patients for care. The five-story, 212,000 square foot facility, was built onto the north side of our LEED-silver certified Richard E. Jacobs Health Center.

“This is the first regional hospital we’ve designed and built from the ground up. This is a new kind of hospital for a new era. It incorporates everything we’ve learned about delivering 21st century healthcare.”

— Toby Cosgrove, M.D., president and CEO.

As one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital was built as a patient-friendly “hospital of the future.” All doctors, nurses and clinical staff within the hospital can talk to each other instantly, from anywhere within the hospital, using wireless communication devices. Each private room features an interactive TV that allows patients to directly access their electronic medical record, view educational videos specific to their medical care, and control their room temperature, among other features. With the addition of eHospital, caregivers can monitor the most critically ill ICU patients through a remote monitoring system that allows doctors and nurses to respond to patient needs even more quickly. These new technologies enhance the patient experience, shorten hospital stays, improve patient outcomes and reduce the cost of hospitalization.

Cleveland Clinic London

Cleveland Clinic London

In 2017, Cleveland Clinic received permission from the Westminster City Council to convert 33 Grosvenor Place into an advanced healthcare facility. The building will be our first in London, UK, adding another international location to our portfolio with 205 beds and eight operating rooms spanning six stories and 198,000 square feet.

The state-of-the-art facility will be seeking BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) certification, which is the world’s first sustainability assessment method for buildings.  It evaluates the built environment across nine scientifically-backed categories, and is applied in 70 countries worldwide. The building’s roof is expected to have a 12kw solar system.

Cleveland Clinic remains committed to continuing to listen closely to the views of local residents, planning officers and members of the local authority to ensure that the development and its plans are appropriate to the local area and local community. We are looking forward to the opportunity to provide our unique model of care to patients in London, one of the world’s great cities.

Healthy Chemicals

Taking a precautionary approach, we are reducing patient and employee exposure to toxins by maintaining our green cleaning and integrated pest management standard operating procedures. In 2016, in order to meet the requirements of the WELL Building Standard, the Office for a Healthy Environment reviewed and updated these enterprise procedures.

Green cleaning seeks to utilize products that contain ingredients that pose the least harm to human health and the environment, and similarly integrated pest management is a broad approach to pest control that seeks to use all alternative processes available prior to the application of insecticides or rodenticides. In June 2016, we conducted an audit of several high-pest-risk buildings on our main campus with Beyond Pesticides to evaluate our opportunities for improvement. Collaborating with Dr. Elaine Thallner, the findings, recommendations, and updated policies were presented to our Environment of Care committee for approval.

Education is often the most important factor in the successful implementation of a new updated policy or procedure. Working with food services, environmental services, and our integrated pest management vendor, we secured management support to implement our updated communication and training plan.


Twinsburg Building

Twinsburg Family Health and Surgery Center is a LEED Gold facility with a natural wetland preserve on site. Our facilities team reduced its EUI 23% in 2016.

Buildings and Properties

Our Buildings and Properties department’s mission is to create and maintain a World Class healing environment for our patients, their families, and our fellow caregivers.

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Greening the Labs

Cleveland Clinic has a dedicated Greening the Labs committee that meets on a monthly basis to discuss ongoing projects in energy efficiency, waste reduction, hazardous chemicals and other sustainability topics.