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Kayenta Health Center Awarded LEED Gold Building Certification

Kayenta Health Center earns LEED Gold

Kayenta Health Center, operated by Indian Health Service (IHS), has been awarded LEED Gold from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is the most widely used green building rating system and provides a framework for sustainable design.

Located on the Navajo Nation, Kayenta Health Center opened in 2016 and offers an array of outpatient and inpatient services to the local Navajo (Diné) community.

The 182,000sf hospital incorporates cultural concepts of place, health and wellness and provides traditional healing space and a strong visual connection to the surrounding landscape. Evidence-based design principles promote a healthful environment for patients and staff. It was designed by Dekker/Perich/Sabatini and built by Flintco, LLC.

“Kayenta Health Center prioritizes wellness, which is integral to the Navajo culture as well as the philosophy of IHS staff,” said Max Parrill, Principal of Dekker/Perich/Sabatini.

“It also has a sincere relationship with the landscape – a response to the Navajo perspective and input – and offers outstanding views at the edge of Monument Valley. The building respects the community and landscape with sustainable design, construction, and operations that will save energy, water and operating costs over the life of the building,” Parrill said.

The hospital responds to the climate through building orientation and fenestration to mitigate sun and wind. A central plant for hot and chilled water exceeds current energy codes and water use. Additionally, shade structures and wind barriers protect exterior courtyards and roof water drains into native plantings. The building’s sustainable design efficiently uses natural resources and supports a healthy environment for the community.