Sustainability Initiatives for Beaumont Health System (2014)

Client Organization: 
Beaumont Hospital
Client is confirmed: 
Project Location : 
Royal Oak, MI, U.S.A.
Secondary Client Organization: 
Practice Greenhealth
Summary of Project Idea: 

Beaumont Health System, an integrated delivery network with over 1,600 beds across three hospitals in eastern Michigan, is teaming up with a group of University of Michigan (U of M) Masters Students, Practice Greenhealth (PGH) and Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) to research and implement various sustainability initiatives that will earn Beaumont LEED credits with the goal of achieving LEED EBOM certification for their Royal Oak campus. U of M students from the School of Natural Resources and Environment will investigate and analyze the feasibility of implementing sustainability strategies that align with specific LEED credits, with a focus on Sustainable Sites, Energy & Atmosphere and Innovation in Operations. The project aims to help Beaumont Royal Oak Hospital, a sprawling campus of nearly 1.3 million square feet, reduce energy use, develop sustainable stormwater management strategies, create green spaces that support healing and caregiver respite, and become a model for other healthcare facilities relative to LEED EBOM certification of a healthcare campus. The team will highlight how a partnership with masters level programs at academic institutions can benefit hospitals interested in exploring both the return on investment and appropriate implementation strategies for sustainability initiatives. JLL will be providing frontline exposure to the LEED rating and documentation system, while PGH will provide both peer-to-peer connectivity related to implementation of specific credits as well as documenting the organizational learning process to benefit its hospital members. 

Skills/Expertise Needed: 
  • Civil Engineering background
  • Landscape Architect or other design background
  • Understanding and interest of storm-water and water quality
  • Background or interest in Environmental Psychology or Health & Environment
Secondary Client Confirmed: 
SEAS Program Areas: 
Environmental Policy and Planning
Sustainable Systems
Landscape Architecture
Professional Career Development Benefits: 
  • Experience a simulation of a multi-disciplinary environmental firm
  • Work directly with supervisors and directors of one of the largest Hospitals in Michigan
  • First hand involvement on a major LEED driven project
  • Opportunity to monitor the effectiveness of engineered wetland habitats that are created
Identify expected products/deliverables: 

Develop a workable set of documents including a site plan, drainage plan, planting plan, lighting plan, irrigation plan (if applicable), maintenance plan,  detail drawings and educational signage on site.  Following completion, these documents will have potential to be set out for bidding through a conference with contractors.

Additional Faculty Advisor(s) and Department(s): 
Paul Goldsmith
Contact full name: 
Kay Winokur
Job title: 
Vice President of Quality, Safety, and Accreditation
Royal Oak
State or Country: 
SEAS Faculty Advisor: 
MaryCarol Hunter
Contact Phone: 
Advisor Confirmed: 
Contact e-mail: 
Additional Faculty Advisor(s) Confirmed: 
Contact information: 
U-M faculty member
Master Students Involved in Project: 
  • Kathryn Godlewski, MS Sustainable Systems
  • Jacob Hamilton, MLA
  • Kathryn Newhouse, MBA/MS Sustainable Systems 
  • Yufan Ruan, MS Sustainable Systems
  • Lauren Smith, MPH/MS Environmental Policy and Planning
  • Dan Buckley, MLA
Project Status: 
Past Project