The emergency department at Northwell Health’s Huntington Hospital, located in Huntington, N.Y., has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. LEED positively evaluated the emergency department across key criteria related to sustainability including materials used, energy use and water efficiency.

The design of Huntington Hospital’s new emergency department focuses on extensive water use reduction, strong energy performance, enhanced commissioning, low-emitting materials and construction waste management. Collectively, these measures helped the project earn enough points for LEED Gold certification.

Huntington Hospital expanded its emergency department to support the community’s growing need for services. The resulting space doubles its predecessor in size and increases capacity while improving efficiency and patient outcomes. The emergency department utilizes a split-flow, “Super-Track” model—a system that filters patients between acute and lower-acuity care areas—in order to more effectively manage patient wait times and reduce length of stay. The expanded space purposely connects with the existing hospital on the first-floor level, close to the radiology department and lab services, and with many other key program adjacencies that can facilitate future expansion.

CannonDesign (New York City office) was the design firm for the project.