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UVM Medical Center Miller Inpatient Building


Project Name

University of Vermont Medical Center Miller Inpatient Building

Location

Burlington, VT

Owner

University of Vermont

Architect

E4H Architecture

Project Name

University of Vermont Medical Center Miller Inpatient Building

Location

Burlington, VT

Owner

University of Vermont

Architect

E4H Architecture

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an exterior view of the UVM inpatient building

The University of Vermont Health Network is committed to improving the patient and employee experience.

The new, 7-floor Miller Inpatient Building plays a big role in achieving that goal by providing 128 single-bed rooms. Recent studies prove that private rooms promote better healing, reduce medical errors, improve sleep quality, and facilitate better communication between the patient, families and care teams.

With guidance from the architect, E4H, Acentech provided acoustics and MEP noise and vibration control consulting for this new facility. Healthcare centers, especially ones looking to provide care to inpatients, need to meet stringent noise control standards to be eligible for Medicare funding and LEED certification. Sound isolation and speech privacy are essential components to the healing process and overall peace of mind for patients, staff, and faculty.

The environmental noise impact of this new facility was also a priority for designers. Acentech’s noise control experts provided guidance to ensure MEP equipment noise remained within acceptable limits.

The project boasts environmentally-conscious design features including energy-efficient exterior glazing and HVAC equipment, recycled lightweight concrete, and insulation made from used clothing. The Miller Building is designed to use half the energy of a comparable hospital, and is LEED Silver Certified.