Methodist Olive Branch Hospital Earns LEED for Healthcare Gold Certification

Mississippi Hospital Becomes First Inpatient Facility in the United States to Earn This Level of Certification

July 09, 2014   |   Projects

Gresham, Smith and Partners, a leading multi-disciplinary design and consulting firm for the built environment, announces that Methodist Olive Branch Hospital (MOBH) in Olive Branch, Miss., has received LEED for Healthcare Gold certification, making it the first inpatient facility in the United States to earn this distinction. The 210,000 square-foot, 100-bed, full-service hospital offers Northern Mississippi residents state-of-the-art healthcare in a sustainable setting that features several energy-saving innovations rarely seen in U.S. hospitals. The facility was designed and constructed by an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) team comprised of GS&P, Smith Seckman Reid, Inc. (SSR), Turner Construction Company and Methodist Le Bonheur.

“It was essential that the Olive Branch community be provided with the top-quality, cutting-edge care they deserve. We are proud to have earned LEED for Healthcare Gold certification which is now an added symbol of our commitment to creating an innovative, sustainable facility that will provide social and economic benefits for the community for years to come,” commented David Rosenbaum, vice president, Facility Management, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.

The desired goal of the project was to design an energy-efficient hospital that reflected Methodist Healthcare’s commitment to sustainability as well as a facility that can easily adapt to the ever-changing nature of healthcare. To achieve Gold-level certification, numerous sustainable strategies were employed. Highlighted attributes include:

• Siting the building in a manner to address a protected, blue-line stream and two wetlands located on the site. The axis of the building was skewed in order to take advantage of solar orientation and views.
• Use of a dynamic, photoelectric glaze that can transition from clear to a variable tint at the touch of a button, enabling operators to instantaneously reduce glare and solar gain. The glaze, which is produced by local manufacturers, was installed in the hospital's two-story lobby to minimize the energy needed to heat and cool the large atrium space.
• 211 geothermal heat pumps were installed throughout the building, including one in each patient room. The pumps take advantage of the earth's natural heat sink and use water to distribute heat throughout the facility – a strategy which is seven times more efficient than air at carrying heat.
• Utilization of LED lighting throughout entire space to support energy efficiency and reduce operating costs. Together, the innovative energy-saving strategies incorporated into the facility exceeded the hospital goals for energy reduction by earning an ENERGY STAR rating of 93, reflecting a 33-percent reduction in energy use.

“We are honored to have helped Methodist Olive Branch Hospital earn this certification and industry first,” said GS&P Principal Greg Gore, AIA, NCARB. “Not only does this facility provide the region with excellent care, the innovative design and construction solutions have helped to demonstrate cutting-edge sustainable strategies that can be used in healthcare facilities throughout the country.”

About Gresham, Smith and Partners

Gresham, Smith and Partners provides design and consulting solutions for the built environment that contribute to the success of national and international clients. For more than 45 years, GS&P has focused on enhancing quality of life and sustainability within communities. GS&P consists of industry-leading professionals practicing architecture and engineering design as well as scientists and highly specialized planning and strategic consultants in Aviation, Corporate and Urban Design, Environmental Services, Federal, Healthcare, Industrial, Land Planning, Transportation and Water Resources. GS&P consistently ranks among the top architecture and engineering firms in the United States. For more information regarding GS&P, visit

About Smith Seckman and Reid, Inc.:
SSR is a nationally recognized engineering design and consulting firm, with more than 460 staff members in 15 offices across the country. Founded in 1968, SSR has maintained a core focus in the design and operation of healthcare facilities, and has added services targeting the environmental, transportation, and sports and entertainment market sectors. For more information, visit SSR's website at

About Turner Construction Company:
Founded in 1902, Turner Construction Company is recognized as the nation's leading general builder. Turner provides building services to clients who value diligence, resourcefulness, and creativity in a partner. We maintain a network of offices in North America and around the globe, with a staff of 5,200 employees who work on more than 1,200 projects each year. With $9 billion in annual construction volume, we rank first or second in the industry’s major market segments. Turner is proud of our decades of service and successful project experience in the Mid-South. For more information, visit Turner's website at

“Not only does this facility provide the region with excellent care, the innovative design and construction solutions have helped to demonstrate cutting-edge sustainable strategies that can be used in healthcare facilities throughout the country.”

Greg Gore, AIA, NCARB