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IUPUI’s Glick Eye Institute Goes Green, Aims to Achieve Silver LEED Status

The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute, under construction on the Indiana University School of Medicine’s Indianapolis campus, has been designed to achieve Silver LEED® status by the United States Green Building Council. If the design team is successful, The Glick Eye Institute will be the first building on the Indiana University – Purdue University (IUPUI) campus to achieve LEED certification.

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building certification program is a voluntary, consensus-based national rating system for buildings designed, constructed and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. LEED addresses all building types and emphasizes state-of-the-art strategies in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials and resources selection, and indoor environmental quality. The categories are Gold, Silver, Platinum and Certified, and vary depending on achievements in sustainable design.

“The building is unique in that we approached it with the idea of being green, or sustainable, while telling the story of the eye,” said lead architect Brock Roseberry, AIA, LEED AP of RATIO Architects.

The Glick Eye Institute, slated for completion in spring 2011, will provide a world-class Indianapolis health facility for patient care and research by Indiana University clinicians and scientists while providing training for students at the IU School of Medicine who will be the next generation of ophthalmologists.

“It’s an exciting process to build an eye institute and even more noteworthy when we can make our building energy efficient and sustainable for the future,” said Louis B. Cantor, M.D. chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, which will move to the Glick Eye Institute upon its completion. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our department and for the School of Medicine to benefit with a building of this caliber,” Cantor said.

To meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s Silver specifications, Roseberry says the project will use recycled and locally extracted building materials, as well as an indoor air monitoring system that will track changes in air quality to help minimize the burden on HVAC systems. Highly efficient mechanical systems include low flow fume hoods in laboratory spaces, and heat recovery wheels that will capture heat generated by exhaust systems and exchange it for energy to power the building.

Construction waste and debris created by clearing the land has been sorted and recycled on site, minimizing contribution to landfills. Using reduced-flow toilets and sinks, planting regionally native plant species, and collecting rainwater in rain gardens and in a mechanical storage device for irrigation will conserve water, Roseberry said.

Inside the brick and glass building, the first floor will be dedicated to patient care and will feature clinic space as well as an optical shop and an auditorium. Floors two, three and four will offer laboratory research space, office space, a library and educational facilities. Nearly half of the building’s 77,000 square feet will be dedicated to basic biomedical and clinical research space.

Outside space will feature places for patients, medical students, faculty and staff to gather in a shaded landscaped patio area. The building, which faces Michigan Street and is to the west of the Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, will offer an easily accessible patient pick-up and drop-off site, making it easy for patients to access the building.

Use of architectural precast and brick connects the academic campus, which was built predominately with limestone, and the medical school campus, which consists of mostly brick construction. The south wall of the Glick Eye Institute, facing Michigan Street, will feature an intricately patterned expanse of iron-free glass that creates an artistic, stained glass expression of color and opacity, helping to control natural light into the building. The interior has been designed to allow teaching and research collaboration to exist with wide corridors, informal meeting spaces and a light filled four-story atrium.

The building was made possible by a $30 million gift by the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Family Foundation.

The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute will be constructed over the next 16 months on the IUPUI campus, becoming the new home of the Department of Ophthalmology. For more than 100 years, doctors and staff in the Department have provided excellent patient care, educated physicians, advanced clinical and biomedical research in vision sciences and offered humanitarian service to the citizens of Indiana.

-Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute