Earth Friendly Wallcoverings for LEED Certified Expansion
When Lehigh Valley Health Network sourced materials for its LEED-certified Kasych Family Pavilion in Allentown, PA., they needed a wallcovering that was eco-forward, highly durable and aesthetically appealing. “It was a balancing act,” says Chris Richardson, managing principal of Charlotte-based FreemanWhite, architects for the seven-story, 340,000 square-foot expansion and renovation. “We wanted to be earth-friendly, but also needed a durable material for high-use areas. The hospital tried natural cellulose wallcoverings in installations and found they could not maintain them.” Upscale aesthetics also was important, according to Brenda Rocchino, Lehigh Valley interior designer. “Wallcoverings help us create warm healing environments. They have more visual interest and are more upscale than paint, which tends to look institutional.”
The team found the right balance in Second-Look recycled wallcoverings. Versa Wallcovering provided the award-winning wallcoverings with 20% recycled content. Made of high-performance Type II vinyl, the wallcovering will last for 10+ years and can be repeatedly recycled to keep it out of landfills for decades. Second-Look also is low-VOC, so contributes to healthy indoor air quality. Its specification helped contribute to LEED points for the project.