Kiowa County Memorial Hospital in Greensburg, KS, which
several RPM companies are helping to rebuild, will be the nation’s
first LEED Platinum critical access hospital.
An EF-5 tornado leveled 95% of Greensburg, Kansas, in 2007, leaving
most of its 1,200 surviving inhabitants homeless. Rather than abandon
the town, the residents vowed to rebuild it as a model green community.
Through its sustainable building materials and expertise, RPM was
uniquely positioned to respond to Greensburg’s needs and has been a
key member of the team leading this reconstruction effort.
RPM subsidiaries involved and the products they are providing include: Tremco
sealants, roofing systems and waterproofing; DAP caulks, sealants and adhesives;
Euclid Chemical concrete admixtures; Stonhard flooring systems and Dryvit exterior
insulation and finish systems.
These products are being used to construct model eco-homes and top-level
LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) city and county
structures such as city hall, courthouse, hospital, county jail, school, business
incubator, county commons and visitor center. LEED is a rating system developed by
the U.S. Green Building Council that verifies sustainable green building projects.
Upon completion, which is slated for 2011, Greensburg will have more than
30 LEED-certified buildings achieving 30% energy savings and the highest density
of LEED Platinum projects in the country, with energy savings in the 40-50% range.
More information is available at www.GreensburgGreentown.org/.