In order to lower costs and decrease building space for the recently opened Detroit Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Troy, the project team used lean design. Through the lean design process, approximately 20% (15,00 sq. ft) of the building space was saved as well as $10 million.
In order to better understand how to make the most of the hospital space, the team built a full-sized model using cardboard and Duct tape at a nearby ice rink. The final building has no green certification but a clear focus on sustainability is present through such aspects as the masonry and brick used:
The center also reduced cost by using local materials instead of using materials such as aluminum, which would have to be imported. Using masonry and brick allowed the team to create a timeless building that is essentially maintenance free, requiring less washing than a glass and metal building would.