Michigan Battle of the Buildings Awards Spectrum Health as “Frontline Energy Hero” in 2020 Competition

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Aug. 13, 2021 – Michigan Battle of the Buildings has announced Spectrum Health as Frontline Energy Hero in the 2020 competition. Spectrum Health was recognized for leading the state and the nation in best practices for COVID pandemic response. Many times, the unsung heroes are facilities teams, ensuring the facility is operating reliably so hospital staff can do their work in a safe and dependable building.

The Spectrum Health facilities team, more than 200 team members strong, worked around the clock, while adjusting almost daily to new health and safety protocols. During 2020, the team put in long hours as they adapted existing buildings and outfitted new structures in an immediate response to the COVID pandemic, continued necessary maintenance schedules, and seized the opportunity to complete projects in non-patient areas.

Throughout 2020 Spectrum Health completed more than 150 projects, constructed dozens of COVID testing and vaccination sites, including the vaccination hub in the DeVos Place convention center, which was the nation’s largest at the time. These accomplishments demonstrate the heroic impact of strategic leadership, ingenuity and shared intelligence across the Facilities and Real Estate teams.

“When faced with a crisis, the competitors of Michigan Battle of the Buildings were quick to adapt to a changing world”, said Cheri Holman, Executive Director of U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan. “The energy strategies of this year’s awardees are ingenious and emulate how they put public safety at the forefront of their operations. We are extremely grateful for all of their efforts.”

“Our team, along with valued partners, truly stepped up and came to the needs of our community,” said Bob Robinson, facility engineering manager, Spectrum Health. “They went above and beyond during an exceptionally challenging time and were true examples of how nimble and efficient we could be.”

Spectrum Health was awarded the Frontline Energy Hero award at Michigan Energy Summit on August 12, 2021, a half-day of education, networking, and inspiration centered around the energy sector located in the beautiful Millennium Park at Grant Pavilion in Grand Rapids, MI.

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About Michigan Battle of the Buildings

Michigan Battle of the Buildings has been a program of the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan since 2014. It is the largest voluntary biggest-loser-styled energy competition in the country. For more information on the program, please visit

About Spectrum Health 

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system that provides care and coverage, comprising 31,000+ team members, 14 hospitals (including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital), a robust network of care facilities, teams of nationally recognized doctors and providers, and the nation’s third-largest provider-sponsored health plan, Priority Health, currently serving over 1 million members across the state of Michigan. People are at the heart of everything we do. Locally governed and headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we are focused on our mission: to improve health, inspire hope and save lives. Spectrum Health has a legacy of strong community partnerships, philanthropy and transparency. Through experience, innovation and collaboration, we are reimagining a better, more equitable model of health and wellness.

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