Providence Alaska Medical Center earns award for environmental stewardship

June 08, 2017

Generations Project recognized with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification

ANCHORAGE, Alaska –  Providence Alaska Medical Center’s Generations Project has earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification by meeting criteria set forth by the U.S. Green Building Council. Initiated in 2011 and completed in 2014, the new construction project modernized and expanded PAMC’s maternity, surgical and some support service areas. 

“Achieving LEED design is in line with the Providence core value of stewardship by ensuring wise use of resources and care for the environment,” said Richard Mandsager, M.D., chief executive, Providence Alaska Medical Center. “The Generations Project also underscores our commitment to patient-centered care. We hear frequently from patients — maternity center patients in particular — who appreciate our welcoming and family-friendly facilities.”   

According to the LEED Certification Review Report received May 12, the project earned certification points in several key areas: 

  • Site sustainability – Includes community connectivity; public or alternative transportation factors; site habitat restoration; and storm water design quality;
  • Water efficiency – Includes a minimum 20 percent reduction in water use and incorporating water-efficient landscaping;
  • Energy –  Includes energy performance optimization resulting in energy cost savings;
  • Materials and resources – Includes a recyclable materials collection and storage area; and construction waste management practices that diverted 77 percent of the on-site generated waste from the landfill; and
  • Indoor environmental quality – Includes thermal comfort design; controllable lighting; increased ventilation; tobacco smoke control; and use of low-emitting flooring, paints or coatings, and adhesives or sealants. 

Providence invested $158 million to renovate and expand several areas of the hospital, including the Maternity Center’s Newborn Intensive Care, Prenatal, Mother-Baby, and Labor & Delivery units. Work included modernized technology and expanded operating room capacity within the cardiac surgery program. Project investments also modernized and expanded the pharmacy, sterile processing and materials management departments. All told, the project renovated 100,789 square feet and constructed 85,728 square feet of new space. 


About Providence Alaska Medical Center 
Providence Alaska Medical Center, a nationally recognized trauma center, is part of Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health services, affiliated services and educational facilities. For more information about PAMC, visit 

About Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)
GBCI is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. Established in 2008, GBCI exclusively administers project certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating systems, as well as the PEER standard for power systems, the WELL building standard, the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), Parksmart, EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies), Zero Waste, Investor Confidence Project (ICP) for energy efficiency retrofits and the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector.