Lawndale Christian Health Center Building Achieves LEED® Gold Certification
CHICAGO – February 4, 2015
On January 19, 2015, Lawndale Christian Health Center’s Health and Fitness Center, located at 3750 West Ogden Avenue, received LEED® (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Gold Certification for its sustainable design from the U.S. Green Building Council®. LEED® is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. Joseph Lesch, Director of Facilities - Planning and Administration for Lawndale Christian Health Center oversaw the project and secured the LEED® Certification, which took over 5 years to obtain. “Lawndale Christian Health Center is committed to a more sustainable environment through responsible building design and construction,” says Lesch.
The Health and Fitness Center was first opened to the public in 2012. When the building first opened, it was expected to achieve LEED® Gold certification for environmentally friendly features, including a geothermal heating and cooling system, a green roof and energy-efficient lighting and equipment. The 60,000-square-foot building was designed by Chicago-based McBride Kelley Baurer Architects.
Community members can now come to Lawndale Christian Health Center knowing that not only are they caring for themselves holistically, but they are also caring for the environment of their neighborhood. Lesch continued, “Achieving LEED® Gold certification is measurable proof that the facility, at a minimum, maximizes energy efficiency, limits harmful pollution, and is a good steward of the earth’s resources. Anyone who has visited our facility over another can say they have positively impacted our environment for current and future generations.”
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Lawndale Christian Health Center (LCHC) is a community-based nonprofit organization, founded in 1984 and dedicated to improving the health of Lawndale and the neighboring communities on Chicago's West Side. LCHC provides quality primary care services without regard for a patient's ability to pay and serves as a community resource for eliminating health disparities.