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Published on January 06, 2015

The Moses Cone Hospital North Tower Project Earns Silver LEED Certification

The North Tower addition to The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital 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 six-story addition to minimize its impact on the environment.

“Earning this designation reflects the values of Cone Health,” says ConeNorth Tower Health Senior Vice President and Moses Cone Hospital President Mickey Foster. “What impresses me is the comfort these features bring to our patients while at the same time lessening our environmental impact.”

The more than 260,000 square foot addition to Moses Cone Hospital was built to take advantage of natural light and has 53 roof-top solar panels that heat water. North Tower was the first healthcare facility in the state and was among the first hospitals Roof and panelsin the nation to heat and cool patient rooms with “chilled beams” – a water/convection heating and air-conditioning system that is up to 30 percent more efficient than most current hospital systems.

“So many of the environmental-friendly steps we took in building North Tower will save on our operating costs,” says Cone Health Construction Management Director Ron Galloway. “North Tower was built to be sustainable over the long run.”

Other environmentally friendly investments include:

  • Roof top terraces covered in low-maintenance plants. They not only enhance views from patient windows but help control storm water run-off.
  • Air-exchange systems in operating rooms can be dialed to a lower setting when not in use.    

North Tower is the second Cone Health project to earn a Silver LEED designation. Cone Health Cancer Center at Wesley Long Hospital earned the certification in 2012.