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Richens Eye Center Relocates to downtown St. George

Dr. Sharon Richens announced the relocation of her ophthalmology practice, Richens Eye Center, to a new green facility in the historic downtown area of St. George.

Located at 161 West 200 North, the new building was designed to harmonize with the classic architecture of the historic district, while incorporating state-of-the-art technology to enhance patient care. The building was designed to meet the high standards necessary for a near to LEEDS (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified rating, a certification granted to high performance green buildings.

Building a green facility makes sense from an environmental and a fiscal perspective. Dr. Richens points out, “The new building will be less expensive to maintain, healthier to work in and more comfortable overall.  This will be a net gain for our patients, as well as for our staff.”

Green features include water conservation, interior features, and site selection.  Tapping into the city’s recycled water system results in a 100 percent reduction in landscape water usage while the interior design yields a 50 percent reduction in potable water usage.  Even the parking lot design contributes to the environmentally-friendly character of the building. The design includes a high solar index reflective rating gained through the use of concrete instead of asphalt and covered parking with a white reflective roof.

As for site selection, Dr. Richens commented that, “St. George has such a sense of character and I wanted our new building to have a sense of place, to be within walking distance of the downtown.”

A Grand Opening celebration will be held on Saturday, October 9, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The celebration will include a tour of the facility.