By Nick Gilbert
UHC, an alliance of nonprofit academic medical centers and their affiliated hospitals, has announced that it has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification for its Chicago headquarters.
The LEED certification was awarded for excellence in environmentally responsible design employed in its office space construction.
UHC’s present headquarters is located at 155 North Wacker Drive, Chicago. The office was designed by Cannon Design, an architectural design firm. In 2011, UHC had relocated from Oak Brook, Illinois to Chicago. The present space comprises two full floors and some part of the third floor. It is larger than the Oak Brook facility and is designed to cater to its new programs.
The President and CEO of UHC, Irene M. Thompson stated that the new space is as innovative as the company. It reflects UHC’s values and also meets its requirements.
UHC designed the new office to be environmentally responsible and energy efficient. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow natural, warm light into the office. Recycling kiosks, energy-efficient equipment, appliances and lighting have been installed. For construction, green materials have been used. Light is allowed to filter throughout the office through an interior glass wall.
The new office location is near to expressways and public transportation. UHC is in the Loop area which reflects the company’s approach towards health care delivery.