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18 November 2015

HOK-Designed Eskenazi Health Campus Is Among World’s Most Sustainable New Hospital Projects


Eskenazi Health’s main campus in Indianapolis, which includes the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, has become one of the largest LEED Gold healthcare campuses in the world and the first in Indiana.

Eskenazi Health partnered with a team led by HOK on the design of the campus, which includes six buildings and a parking garage on 37 acres at the western end of the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus.

The LEED Gold certification for the 1.3-million-sq.-ft. campus encompasses several different building types, including an inpatient bed hospital, an ambulatory care center with a sky farm on the roof, an open-air outdoor plaza called “The Commonground,” faculty office building, pavilion restaurant, central utility plant and central boiler plant.


“Given the diversity of buildings on the Eskenazi Health campus, we were delighted that the team led by HOK was able to exceed our initial goal of LEED Silver to achieve LEED Gold certification,” said Dr. Lisa Harris, CEO of Eskenazi Health. “Our focus at Eskenazi Health is on promoting health in all its dimensions. Our priority remains the overall health of our community in the broadest possible terms. We view this environmentally friendly hospital campus as a statement of our commitment to those we serve now as well as our commitment to generations to come.”


“We are honored to have contributed to Eskenazi Health’s commitment to creating a healthier, more energy-efficient environment in every aspect of its operations,” said Paul Strohm, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP BD+C, director of Healthcare at HOK. “Their dedication to sustainability enabled the team to collaborate to create an innovative, high-performance design with four distinctly different building types: healthcare, office, restaurant, and central utility and central boiler plants.”


Sustainable design innovations that helped the Eskenazi Health campus earn LEED Gold certification include:

  • An extensive health education program for patients, staff and community members.
  • A 35,000-sq.-ft. green roof, including a sky farm that grows 2,000 pounds of produce per year that is served in the hospital and in a campus restaurant.
  • An on-site farmer’s market.
  • Six healing gardens.
  • A rainwater harvesting system that supplies 100 percent of the campus’ irrigation needs.
  • On-site stormwater treatment and infiltration systems that support the adjacent White River ecosystem, decreasing runoff by 40 percent compared to pre-project conditions.
  • Low-flow fixtures that reduce potable water use by 40 percent.
  • Recycling 80 percent of construction waste, with 48 percent of materials procured from regional suppliers.
  • A parking program for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles and for those who choose to carpool to work.


The hospital includes an art program that provides connections with nature. Eskenazi Health also is collaborating with the city of Indianapolis to develop eroded and refuse-filled land into a future public park.

The Eskenazi Health campus, which opened in December 2013, includes a 315-inpatient bed hospital with 19 operating rooms and four interventional labs, 12 labor and delivery rooms, a 100-bed treatment room emergency department with a 16-bed clinical decision unit and more than 200 ambulatory clinical exam rooms. It is one of only two adult Level I trauma centers in the state, and the only adult burn center serving Central and Southern Indiana. The hospital links functionally and operationally to the adjoining Outpatient Care Center, which houses primary and specialty care. The campus also includes a 2,700-car parking garage that serves as the canvas for the “May/September” public art installation.

LEED Gold hospital

HOK served as the executive architect and sustainability consultant, with Platinum Earth, Blackburn Architects and Urban Design contributing to the LEED certification management. Syska Hennessey Group, Inc. served as executive engineer while RATIO Architects, Inc. was the architect of record and BSA LifeStructures served as engineer for the Ambulatory Care Building. LAND Collective, Olin Partnership, Context Design and Ninebark Landscaping, Inc. joined HOK on the landscape architecture team.