PHCS President and CEO Barry Rabner Receives PlanSmart NJ Award

Nov 10, 2011

Princeton HealthCare System President and CEO Barry Rabner, second from left, accepts a PlanSmart NJ Award for sustainable design and construction of the new University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. Also pictured, left to right, are Ray Ferrara, Omni Environmental and PlanSmart NJ Chairman of the Board; Kenneth Drucker, HOK; and Lucy Vandenberg, PlanSmart NJ Executive Director.

PHCS President and CEO Barry Rabner Receives PlanSmart NJ Award

Recognized for Leadership in Sustainable Design, Construction of New Hospital

Barry Rabner, president and CEO of Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS), has received the PlanSmart NJ 2011 Resource Efficiency Achievement Award for his leadership in the sustainable design and construction of the new University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro (UMCPP), the acute care hospital of PHCS.

The award recognizes Rabner for his role in building a state-of-the art medical facility that employs green building technology and adheres to an environmentally sustainable design focused on improving patient outcomes.

"I am honored that PlanSmart NJ recognized UMCPP's commitment to sustainability and resource efficiency," said Rabner. "Every detail of the new hospital has been researched and tested. By bringing the best technology together in one building, we reduce energy costs, reduce the building's carbon footprint and improve patient outcomes."

Rabner, who was recently elected to the board for the Center of Health Design, accepted the award at PlanSmart NJ's 43rd Annual Dinner, held at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick on November 9, 2011.

The hospital is located in Plainsboro bounded by Route One, Plainsboro Road and Scudders Mill Road on 50 acres of a 171-acre campus, whose master developer is PHCS. Under Rabner's leadership, the entire $1.2 billion campus has a health and well being orientation and a green focus that includes the creation of a 32 acre park along the Millstone River.

The park is among the approximately $60 million that PHCS is investing in sustainable features that not only create a healthier environment, but also enable the hospital to achieve energy operating cost savings of 25 percent of what the hospital would have spent if it were constructed with conventional energy infrastructure.

The new hospital, opening in May 2012, is expected to be one of the most sustainable in New Jersey and the country. A major component of the green design is the power generation elements that include on-site co-generation plant supplying 100 percent of the hospital's heating and cooling needs a chilled water thermal energy storage system, and a photovoltaic installation. Princeton-based power corporation NRG Energy is partnering with UMCPP in the development of this green power system. Other sustainable features include solar shades, sustainable construction materials and finishes, water-saving fixtures. Indigenous landscaping, environmental control systems, east-west building orientation, and 100 percent fresh air in patient rooms.

The campus, in addition, has smart growth characteristics, such as significant mass transit accessibility, bike and pedestrian paths that connect to the public park and to Plainsboro's Town Center, and it is designed to accommodate bus rapid transit. The site location was chosen in part because it is closer to 70 percent of the hospital's patients and employees than the current location in Princeton.

The campus also is a redevelopment zone that formerly was an underutilized, industrial site. The architectural/design firm HOK in partnership with J. Robert Hillier, engineering firm Syska Hennessy, landscape architects Stearns Associates, PSE&G, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and Plainsboro Township all have played important roles in creating this sustainable campus.

Based in Trenton, PlanSmart NJ is an independent, non-profit planning and research organization committed to improving the quality of community life through the advancement of sound land use planning and regional cooperation.