MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – After reaching its first year benefiting senior citizens in Mount Vernon last month , the Wartburg’s Rehabilitation and Adult Day Services Center of Excellence has earned yet another distinction for its commitment to the community and environment.
The $31 million building becomes the first health care facility in the city to earn a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification. It signifies the facility has become a local leader in conserving energy and reducing operation costs for themselves and residents.
“It’s very fitting that our rehabilitation and adult day services, known throughout the region for their excellence in care, are now recognized as being housed in a building that is prized for its healthy design and energy confirmation,” Wartburg CEO David Gentner said at a ceremony attended by several city dignitaries.
This isn’t the first time Wartburg has made news for being environmentally friendly. Earlier this year, the Friedrichs Residence, a multi-family affordable housing facility that opened in February, became the first building in Mount Vernon to earn the LEED certification.
According to Wartburg’s Ryan Herchenroether, “The project scored particularly well on water treatment. Indoor water use will be reduced by utilizing high-efficiency plumbing fixtures, while outdoors, the project excelled in surface water management using drought tolerant plants and a vegetative landscape.”
Mount Vernon Mayor Ernest Davis, who has some experience in the field, expressed pride that the city is making strides in being more eco-friendly. He made note of the projects' timetables and how quickly they earned the LEED distinction.
“As an architect, I am very pleased with Wartburg’s construction of two LEED-certified buildings in less than a year,” he said. “Their new construction design has become a model for others in the region as the structures reduce energy costs and will help occupants improve their health.”
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