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  Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island

Home & Hospice Care of Rhode IslandArchitect

Vision 3 Architects
225 Chapman Street, Providence, RI 02905

General Description

LEED® GOLD Pending
Providence, Rhode Island
Date Bid: Apr 2008
Construction Period: Aug 2008 to May 2009
Total Square Feet: 47,734 Site: 1.41 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 12,400; second floor, 12,924; third
floor, 11,205; fourth floor, 11,205; total, 47,734 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 11’4”; second floor, 10’8”; each additional floor, 10’8”; floor to floor, 10’8”; total, 43’11”.
Basic Construction Type: Renovation/Steel Frame.
Foundation: Cast-in-place. Exterior Walls: Brick. Roof: TPO/Ballasted. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.
Projected and/or Modeled Energy Usuage KBTU/SF/yr: .036556.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Odeh Engineers, Inc. - 1223 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI 02904
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: New England Construction - 293 Bourne Avenue, Rumford, RI 02916
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Creative Environment Corp. - 50 Office Parkway, East Providence, RI 02914

Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island is the state's largest and most comprehensive provider of hospice and palliative care, and is the third oldest hospice in the country. In 2006, Home & Hospice purchased 1085 North Main Street in Providence, with plans to consolidate their hospice facility, administrative offices, and education and bereavement center into one building. On May 31, 2009, a crowd of nearly 500 people celebrated the grand opening of Home & Hospice's new headquarters.

The renovation of the four-story building is currently pursuing LEED
® Gold certification and is expected to be the first fully operational LEED certified health care facility in Rhode Island. Sustainable design aligns with Home & Hospice's philosophy on the cycles of life and the cycles of nature. During design, Home & Hospice consulted with a cultural anthropologist on critical design issues.

The first, major sustainable design commitment Home & Hospice made was to convert an abandoned building, instead of building new. "Not only does reusing an existing facility significantly divert demolition and construction waste from landfills," states David Sluter, CEO of New England Construction, contractor for the renovation, "it enhances the neighborhood by converting a vacant building into a thriving healthcare facility that is open to community use." Throughout construction, 92.6% of all construction waste was recycled. In addition, 95% of the existing wall, floor, and roof construction was reused. "When walking through the new Home & Hospice," says Diana Franchitto, President and CEO of Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island, "you would never believe that 95% of what you see existed here before. Everything looks brand new."

Other sustainable design features include a reflective roof to prevent heat absorption; low-flow water fixtures with motion sensors; high-performing and energy-efficient building mechanical and electrical systems; and low or no VOC-emitting carpets, paints, adhesives, and wood products. Home & Hospice has also committed to obtaining at least 35% of their electricity from renewable sources, and using only green cleaning methods and products to reduce chemicals in the environment.

Besides the project's sustainable design features, the goal of the project was to provide a facility in which Home & Hospice Care could fulfill their mission to provide compassionate, professional, state of the art physical, emotional and spiritual care for all people facing life-threatening illness. "Vision 3 Architects wrapped the entire design of the facility around this mission," affirms Keith Davignon, Principal of Vision 3 Architects. "We listened closely to Home & Hospice"s staff, and provided them with a comfortable and dignified environment for patients and their families."

"Our new home reflects thoughtful planning geared toward the needs of our patients, families and staff. Our goals included creating a sustainable hospice environment that offers patients and family members comfort, peace and plenty of space for reflection and quiet time," states Franchitto. "With the creativity and guidance of Vision 3 and New England Construction, we've achieved these goals and look forward to continuing our important role in the state"s health care scheme."


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