Building off Atelier Ten’s sustainability vision during the masterplan phase, the Helen L. & Martin S. Kimmel Pavilion showcases sustainable design through optimized building façades, greater daylight distribution, improved energy performance, water conservation strategies, and advanced lighting controls.
Putting the patients’ experience first, the Kimmel Pavilion design provides a strong connection to the outdoors for staff, patients, and visitors. Atelier Ten’s façade analysis informed ways to provide views while maintaining a balance of thermal performance and comfort indoors. The optimized daylight strategy balances ample illumination and visual acuity with limitation of solar gains for thermal comfort.
The atrium pairs careful application of daylight with electric light to create a welcoming entry. Integration of advanced lighting controls allows the patients and staff to tune their personal space. Circulation lighting in patient areas dims after dark to aid in adaptation for staff as they move between brightly-lighted nurses’ stations and patient rooms and to offer patients better sleep.
Atelier Ten’s energy simulations evaluated energy performance, focusing on reducing energy consumption without compromising clinical health and safety standards. Studies included façade optimization, system choices, and potential energy efficiency measures.
Integrated landscape design and stormwater management increases comfort and environmental performance in public areas. Native plantings provide areas of respite and shade for occupants and decrease stormwater runoff. Stormwater captured from roof areas will be used for cooling tower water and irrigation. These innovations along with the project’s low-flow fixtures will generate a 38% potable water savings over a comparable building.