Metro, Aquinas Team On ‘Green’ Plan

February 20, 2004
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GRAND RAPIDS — Metropolitan Hospital’s envisioned health-care village will serve as a classroom for sustainable business and design techniques under a new partnership with Aquinas College.

The hospital will dedicate a portion of its medical campus planned in Wyoming as a satellite campus for Aquinas College’s Sustainable Business undergraduate program. Metro, which will seek to have the new hospital LEED certified, will provide resource and facility support for the course.

“The collaboration recognizes the expertise we have on campus in sustainable business and ensures our students and faculty will make significant contributions to Metro’s green campus,” Aquinas College President Harry Knopke said.

Sustainable business students will conduct research “to help improve the bottom line for Metro,” said Jeff Smitley, director of engineering and LEED certification coordinator for Metro Hospital.

Students will help Metro to minimize waste and purchase environmentally friendly products. The research is expected to show how to develop non-traditional ways of building health-care facilities, Smitley said.

Metro Hospital is aggressively pursuing LEED certification for the new $150 million hospital. If LEED certification were secured, Metro would become the first full-service hospital in Michigan to hold the designation.    

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