The New Rockingham Memorial Hospital

In September 2004 Rockingham Memorial Hospital (RMH) announced plans to build a new hospital and health campus at Harman farm in Rockingham County. Harman farm is located at the intersection of Reservoir Street and Port Republic Road, and RMH has plans to build $280 million facility on the 254 acre site.

RMH employed Earl Swensson Associates, Inc. to design the facility, and Bovis Lend Lease will be in charge of constructing the 600,000 square foot facility. The new RMH will feature 238 beds, a rehabilitation/fitness center, a cancer center, a nature preserve, and state-of-the art medical technology. Currently, RMH officials are working with a group from JMU to create a farm on the hospital’s campus that would serve organic foods to the hospital and surrounding community. Construction has already begun, and the facility should be completed by 2010.

The new RMH facility is very impressive, and I was pleased to see that is a Green facility — the new facility will be sited, designed, constructed, operated and maintained with the goal of sustaining and caring for the natural environment. RMH has registered to pursue certification of its green building efforts with the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System.

RMH planners will try to…

  • Limit the use of products that emit volatile organic compounds (i.e. paint, flooring, adhesives, furnishings and cleaning supplies)
  • Use energy efficient equipment, including lighting
  • Use efficient heating and cooling systems
  • Preserve as much of the surrounding land as possible, including nearby wetlands
  • Control storm water runoff
  • Purchase materials within a 500-mile radius of the hospital
  • Recycle products
  • Properly dispose hazardous materials
  • Limit noise, water, and air pollution

If RMH receives certification, it will be the first hospital in the state and one of the first in the nation to receive such a certification.

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