Outstanding Achievement Award for University Hospitals Rainbow Center for Women and Children

Mar 19, 2020

Karpinski Engineering received an Outstanding Achievement Award for the University Hospitals (UH) Rainbow Center for Women and Children. The award is part of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Ohio’s 2020 Engineering Excellence Awards competition.

The project was among the top entries submitted in this year’s competition.

Karpinski Engineering provided mechanical and technology design, Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEED) consulting and energy modeling, and commissioning services for the project.

The 47,000 SF Rainbow Center for Women and Children brings healthcare services to an otherwise underserved area in the Cleveland community – including primary and specialty care, dental and vision care, and wraparound services (connecting patients with various social services).

Karpinski team members James T. Cicero, Darlene Diehl, Alexa DeVore, Dave Curfman, and Joe Hofstetter
Karpinski team members James T. Cicero, Darlene Diehl, Alexa DeVore, Dave Curfman, and Joe Hofstetter. Photo courtesy of ACEC Ohio/Bruce Hull Photography.

The Center has earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum certification – the highest level possible. It is the first healthcare facility in Ohio to achieve that designation.

To achieve LEED Platinum, the architect, engineers, and construction manager came together early in the project for intensive planning and design. As the LEED consultant and energy modeler, Karpinski Engineering collaborated closely with the architect, not only providing energy modeling, but proposing various MEP and architectural design elements that would advance UH’s sustainability goals.

University Hospitals’ Aparna Bole, MD, FAAP, Division Chief of General Academic Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, participated in the design process. She said of the facility, “Our UH Rainbow Center for Women & Children is dedicated to serving the total health needs of our patients and families, and investing in a vibrant, inclusive Midtown community. We are proud that our sustainable design practices, including optimizing energy performance and indoor air quality, help us to advance our mission of ensuring a healthy environment for children, families, and our whole city and region.”

View the project profile.

Project Partners

  • Architect and Civil Engineer: Moody Nolan
  • Construction Manager: Ozanne
  • Electrical and Plumbing Engineer: R Engineering Team
  • Sustainability Consultant: The Construction Green Team
  • Landscape Architect: Knight & Stolar
  • Structural Engineer: Barber & Hoffman

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