Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children Certified as Polk County’s 1st LEED in Healthcare Building

Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health is pleased to announce its Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children has earned LEED in Healthcare certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. This is the only building in Polk County with this designation and only the 18th building in Florida designated as such.

“We are so proud to be at the forefront of creating healthy, sustainable environments in our region, and we are grateful to our valuable design team partners,” said Danielle Drummond, MS, FACHE, Lakeland Regional Health Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “Lakeland Regional Health is deeply committed to the strengthening the health of our community – both now and for generations to come.”

The state-of-the-art, eight-story Pavilion on the south side of the Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center Campus opened its doors in June 2018, offering a comprehensive healthcare destination for women, children and babies seeking nationally recognized care.

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system is a nationally recognized program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. The LEED for Healthcare Green Building Rating System is a set of performance standards for certifying health care facilities. The intent is to promote healthful, durable, affordable, and environmentally sound practices in building design and construction.


Among the efficiency efforts are:

  • Providing 41 preferred parking for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles in the new parking garage.
  • Greatly reducing the heat island effect caused by parking lots and buildings through the use of reflective roofing materials and utilizing a parking garage, which keeps the majority of the parking spaces under cover.
  • Using 32% less water for flush and flow fixtures than a typical hospital (using dual-flush and low-flow toilets, low-flow faucets, and water efficient showerheads) and almost 60% less water for process uses, such as ice machines and dishwashers.
  • Using 19% less energy than the typical hospital, through the use of high efficiency window glazing, LED Lighting, variable air volume HVAC systems, ultra-high efficiency chillers, a heat recovery chiller for making hot water, and variable chilled water and hot water pumping in the central energy plant.
  • Engaging in building systems commissioning and verifying that all building systems were optimized and operating as designed, which aids in energy optimization at the building.
  • Purchasing renewable energy credits that offset 70% of the new building’s energy use for at least the next two years.
  • Recycling paper, corrugated cardboard, glass, plastics, metals, batteries at this facility.
  • Recycling 83% of the construction waste for the life of the construction project.
  • Ensuring that 16% of the building materials are made from recycled content, 17% of the building materials were harvest/extracted and manufactured within 500 miles of the site, and 100% of the wood products on the project are Forestry Stewardship Certified.
  • Ensuring there are no mercury-containing devices in this building.
  • Contributing to the excellent indoor quality by making sure that 58% of the furniture and medical furnishings meet the LEED for Healthcare chemical content criteria.
  • Meeting the stringent limits for volatile organic compound content with all interior adhesives, sealants, wall and ceiling finishes, flooring, composite wood, batt insulation, and exterior applied products.
  • Engaging in a Green Housekeeping program to keep harmful chemicals out of the facility.


“We are so proud our team members are being honored by the Green Building Council for their innovative designs,” said Steve Belflower, AIA, LEED AP, President of HuntonBrady Architects, the architectural lead on the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children. “The Pavilion was a gratifying project for our team, inspiring us to find creative and efficient ways to best serve families who are in need of care.”

Earlier this year, the Pavilion also earned an International Interior Design Association Award of Merit for Interior Design Excellence and an American Institute of Architects Orlando Chapter Built Award of Excellence. In November 2019, HuntonBrady and Lakeland Regional Health are invited to lead a presentation at the National Healthcare Design Expo + Conference on the creation of the Pavilion’s Children’s Emergency Department.

In 2017, Lakeland Regional Health’s Grasslands Campus earned LEED® Gold certification.


 About Lakeland Regional Health

Not-for-profit Lakeland Regional Health reaches beyond its hospital walls to promote wellness, education and discovery in new places and new ways, providing a wide range of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services at its Medical Center, Hollis Cancer Center and ambulatory care locations. Lakeland Regional Health earned Most Wired Advanced and Most Wired status four times since 2013 from the American Hospital Association and has earned workplace awards from Forbes, Gallup and Becker’s Hospital Review. Its 864-bed comprehensive tertiary referral hospital, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, operates the Jack and Tina Harrell Family Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Medicine; a Level II Trauma Center; the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children, which includes a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; and the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine.