Cancer Center Expansion Receives Environmental Certification
The addition to Cone Health Cancer Center, which officially opened in January, has been awarded Silver LEED certification by the United States Green Building Council. The certification recognizes steps taken in the building, design and operation of the addition to minimize its impact on the environment.
“Caring for Our Community is a Cone Health value,” says Skip Hislop, Vice President, Cone Health Cancer Center. “Making sure that this wonderful addition not only improves care for our patients but does so in an environmentally sound way is a great example of what caring for our community is about.”
The 20,000-square-foot addition features a design that makes extensive use of natural light while reducing light pollution. The building’s landscaping requires little water. The two-story addition uses less energy than typical buildings of its size, and many locally sourced products were used in its construction. It adds up to the first Cone Health project to be awarded LEED certification.
“Cone Health strives to be a national leader in healthcare,” says Terry Akin, President and Chief Operating Officer, Cone Health. “In addition to putting the patient first in everything we do, that includes making investments in buildings that have less impact on our environment and lower operating costs in the long run.”
North Tower – a $200 million dollar expansion of The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital – will also be submitted for a Silver LEED certification. The six-story patient tower should open in June 2013.