Healthy Buildings

Our buildings support our mission by addressing the 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. To date, we have achieved 15 LEED certified buildings – 8 silver and 4 gold. In 2015, we continued to grow and set new standards for out buildings and development that support the health of our patients, caregivers and communities.

Weston Expansion

Weston Addition

In 2015, Cleveland Clinic completed construction of the $92 million Neurological Institute and Cancer Institute (NICI) at our Weston, Florida campus. The U.S. Green Building Council announced that the building earned LEED Silver status and is the first LEED Healthcare project in the state of Florida. The facility is designed to use natural light to create a positive and healthier experience for patients and a more functional, sustainable environment for visitors and caregivers.

The 143,000 square foot, five-story facility includes:

  • An expanded Neurological Department and Cancer Center;
  • Two linear accelerators;
  • Advanced radiosurgery technology;
  • Shelled vault for future expansion; and 
  • Physical therapy infusion suite.

Brunswick Emergency Department

Cleveland Clinic expanded our Brunswick Family Health Center, which went operational in July 2014. The project followed the LEED-NC 2009 standard and has applied to receive certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The facility earned this designation because of its environmentally responsible design and efficient operating systems.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. High-performance buildings conserve energy and water, save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

“This demonstrates our continuing commitment to designing and building safe, efficient buildings using the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED system and evidence-based design. This results in healthier and safer environments in which employees can work and patients can heal,” said Jon Utech, Senior Director, for Cleveland Clinic’s Office for a Healthy Environment.

WELL Building Standard

Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic are expanding their health education collaboration to include dental and nursing students on the campus already planned for the institutions’ medical students.

The world-renowned architecture firm Foster + Partners designed the 485,000-square-foot Health Education Campus (HEC) to stand on the same 11-acre parcel originally designated for the medical education building. Slated for 2019 completion, the HEC will be located on East 93rd Street between Euclid and Chester Avenues, and it will include even more of the cutting-edge technology and innovative learning spaces previously planned for medical education.

“Studies show that team-based healthcare improves patients’ experiences and results, lowers costs, and increases the job satisfaction of those involved in care,” Case Western Reserve President Barbara R. Snyder said. “Yet most of our education programs still separate the professions throughout students’ academic careers. This project allows us to bring these future healthcare leaders together from the very start, and to do so in a thoughtful and intentional way.”

The four-story building’s academic spaces and offices will wrap around an airy atrium where students, faculty and staff can gather for meals and conversation. All of the furniture in the space is movable so the atrium can host large events such as lectures, convocations, and banquets. The structure is designed to be as energy efficient and environmentally friendly as possible. At minimum, the building will meet LEED Silver environmental building standards. Local architects Westlake Reed Leskosky also are involved with the project. Going beyond LEED, the building is also pursuing the WELL Building Standard, a new green building approach focused on how the built environment directly impacts human health.

Case Western Reserve’s dental, medicine and nursing programs together enroll just over 1,500 students, while the medical school’s M.D. tracks total nearly 1,000. The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine track enrolls 160 of these students, with the remainder in the university’s M.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. tracks. The medical school also plans to add a physician’s assistant program that will grow to enroll 100 students, all of whom also would learn on the new campus.

Initiation of Cancer Center

In August 2014, Cleveland Clinic announced plans to build a new $276 million multidisciplinary cancer building that will unite all treatment care teams on our main campus in one central facility and accelerate 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 under the 2009-HC designation, 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.

Greening the Labs

Robert J. Tomsich Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Institute, a LEED Gold facility, began a Greening the Labs pilot to create a more sustainable workplace.


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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Twinsburg Family Health and Surgery Center is a LEED Gold facility with a natural wetland preserve on site.