Early Thursday, the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute at MU was awarded by the US Green Building Council for its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certifying it as a high performing, environmentally safe building.
“LEED-certified buildings such as the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute contribute to a healthier environment for our patients, families and the entire community,” MU Health Care CEO Jim Ross said in a news release.
The award was given based on the number of environmentally friendly designs that were incorporated into the building. The $53.8 million building opened its doors in May 2010 and has the distinction of being the largest institute located in central Missouri. The institute employs 200 physicians and staff and specializes in orthopedic sports medicine, joint replacement, pediatrics and trauma care.
“The first thing that patients notice when they enter our new facility is that it is very supportive of what they need,” Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Chairman James Stannard said in the release. “Everything is designed specifically for the orthopaedic patient.”