Texas Hospital Achieves First LEED Platinum Certification in the World with Help of Acuity Brands LED Lighting and Controls

Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas chose integrated LED
luminaires and controls `Acuity Brands, Inc.. Acuity Brands’ healthcare
solutions portfolio helped the hospital achieve its goal of becoming LEED
Platinum® certified for healthcare building construction and design. The new
lighting system fulfills the needs of the hospital’s facilities including
automatic illumination in hallways and patient rooms and multiple dimming
options for nighttime lighting when emergency buttons are activated.

“The hospital set a goal to achieve LEED-Platinum certification for
Healthcare, as part of its push for the organization to be
environmentally-friendly and to be good stewards of sustainability,”
Brian Horras, Project Manager at Beck, the specifying engineering firm that
supported the project. “Because this is a new facility, and the client
wanted the latest and most effective technology, they advocated for state of
the art LED luminaires. Another bonus is from a maintenance cost standpoint;
you don’t have to replace lamps as often with the LEDs.”

VT Series LED luminaires from Lithonia Lighting® light the common areas and
hallways of the new 72-bed, 85,000 square-foot patient tower and hospital,
which was an addition to the existing hospital campus. The hospital chose the
VT Series LED luminaires because they are cost-efficient and energy-saving LED
luminaires that can be paired seamlessly with Acuity Controls’ nLight® control
devices. In addition to offering a range of dimming options, the lighting
controls can also track energy savings.

Luxeon High Power

“We chose the Acuity Brands lighting and control system based on its
performance specifications and capabilities,”
said Horras. “These
specific LED luminaires and controls even proved to be less expensive than a
comparable high-performance fluorescent system.”

In patient bathrooms, the hospital installed the LED Step Light from Winona®
as a night-light. It features amber lighting technology to help avoid
disturbing patient sleep cycles.