UF Health

Heart, Vascular, and Neuromedicine Hospital

The first hospital to ever receive a Four Green Globes rating.

UF Health's new, 528,000 square foot Heart, Vascular, and Neuromedicine Hospital houses elaborate systems to treat patients with complex heart, vascular, and neurological issues. With the goal of putting patients first, the facility offers amenities and resources for families without an institutional aesthetic.

The facility’s creation of dedicated spaces for families provide them with educational resources, welcoming gathering spaces, and family zones to promote the highest patient care and efficient recovery.


Gainesville, FL


  • Flad Architects - Architect of Record
  • Gmuer Engineering - Civil Engineer
  • Skanska USA Building Inc. - Construction Manager

LEED Status


Building Size

528,000 square feet

This is the first hospital ever awarded Four Green Globes, a major achievement. The Green Globes rating system is science-based, supporting new construction and existing buildings – designed for a custom-tailored approach to select the most sustainable outcomes for the building’s purpose. Four Green Globes demonstrates world-class leadership in 85-100% resource efficiency, reducing environmental impacts, and improving occupant wellness.

Phase 2 building
on 27-acre master planning site

AEI worked closely with AHCA during the planning phases to obtain waivers for numerous code related items which will be of great benefit to UF Health. With UF Health paving the way, these can be applied to other new hospital construction in the state of Florida.

AEI design exceeds all clean room requirements for an ISO 7 Class (Class 10,000) environment in the Hazardous Prep compounding room, Non-Hazardous Prep compounding room, and Anteroom. Design includes 40 air changes of laminar flow ceiling grilles with low return grilles, and a dedicated biological safety cabinet exhaust system for the (4) ISO 5 Class compounding devices in the Hazardous Prep room.

Custom AHU design includes extensive use of fan wall systems, insulated motor bearings, enthalpy heat recovery wheels, and two cooling coil sections in each unit which allow us to limit cooling coils to 6 rows. Ultraviolet lights are controlled to be operational only 8 hours per day to save additional energy. With these custom solutions, UF Health benefits from ease of motor replacement, significant energy savings, and the simplicity of cleaning the cooling coils.

AEI provided the following engineering services:

• HVAC/Controls/Enterprise Building Management system
• Electrical/Telecom/Data
• Plumbing/Piping/Fire Protection
• Sustainability/Green Globes leadership

Read more about the Green Globes Rating System

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