Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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July 18, 2011

Medical center to feature ‘green’ rooftop

AMERICUS — The new Phoebe Sumter Medical Center (PSMC) anticipated opening date is December 17, 2011 and with it’s opening patients will enjoy the largest green rooftop in the southeastern United States.

According to Marcus Johnson, director of marketing and public relations, the roof is 26,000 square feet and the primary goal of the roof is to provide not only beautiful scenery, but provide a holistic environment for patients as well as visitors.

“it’s been proven that patients heal better when surrounded by plants,” said Johnson as he explained the benefits of the green roof. “it’s eco-friendly. It provides thermal insulation, cuts down on dust along with reducing energy costs. While it deflects a lot of the heat, it provides a holistic environment, he said, adding the new facility was designed with eco-friendliness in mind.

“The lights and the water turns on automatically and if you notice, we have many solar panels. It’s going to be nice. They have a way to go. But they are still on schedule,” he said making his way through corridors of the first and second floor of the building.

“This will be the waiting area, and the cafeteria will be off to the side there,” he said pointing to a massive room under construction.

In the intensive care unit, a door opens to the roof top where water sprinklers hydrate tiny blend of sedum and delosperma in a wide variety of colors of reds and yellows. The plants, still in their early stages of growth stood erect, with the Americus skyline in the backgroud.

According to Johnson, one square meter of green roof can filter approximately 0.2 kg aerosol dust and smog particles per year. The green roof also serves as a refuge for insects such as butterflies, wild bees and beetles.

“We hope they will enjoy the view. We also are proud of our hospital which will serve as part of an economic engine, along with our strong schools such as Georgia Southwestern State University and South Georgia Technical College,” he said proudly adding, “Americus and Sumter County has a lot to offer. It’s exciting.”

The new facility at 126 U.S. Highway 280 West of Americus will be 183,000 in square footage with five floors including a ground floor.  The building is composed of steel frame with a brick veneer, contains 1,000 tons of steel, 10,000 cubic yards of concrete, 440,000 bricks, 6 miles of water lines, 800 doors, 304 miles of wire and 42,000 light bulbs.

A ribbon cutting for the facility will be scheduled for December 10th.

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