Radiation Oncology Facility Earns National Green Building Certification

February 8, 2011

Michael Carrese
Marketing  and Communications
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First hospital project in the state to garner LEED “Gold” Designation

BURLINGTON, VT – A recently opened radiation oncology facility at Fletcher Allen Health Care has earned gold certification in the nationally recognized Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. LEED is a program overseen by the U.S. Green Building Council, a private non-profit trade organization that promotes sustainability in building design, construction and operations.

This is the first hospital project in Vermont to be certified at the gold level, and only the second in New England to achieve this status.** To earn the certification, the project met or exceeded demanding requirements for energy efficiency, sustainable site work and use of locally sourced materials among other factors.

“This award is a reflection of our ongoing commitment to being the greenest health care organization in the country, said Melinda Estes, M.D., president and CEO of Fletcher Allen. “It’s very gratifying to receive this recognition, and to know that our patients and community will benefit from the sustainable features of this facility.”

One of the most visible aspects of the sustainable design is a green roof with accessible public space, a vegetable garden and plantings to reduce heat build-up and storm water run-off. Herbs and vegetables from the roof garden are served to patients, visitors and staff.

Other green elements incorporated into the project include:

• Natural lighting to reduce energy use and provide a sense of connection to the outdoors

• Efficient lighting and innovative heating and cooling systems designed to reduce energy consumption

• Low flow plumbing fixtures

• Use of low chemical-emitting construction materials to improve indoor air quality

• Use of recycled materials

• Use of local materials (33% of materials came from within 500 miles of the site)

• Use of sustainable wood building materials (67% were harvested from FSC certified forests)

• Waste Stream Reduction (more than 887 tons of on-site construction waste was diverted from landfills)

• Educational signage about the roof

“We worked diligently with our partners Cannon Design and Pizzagalli Construction to make this the most environmentally responsible facility possible,” said Dave Keelty, director of Facilities Planning and Development at Fletcher Allen. “Earning gold certification is a major achievement and I want to thank everyone involved for the tremendous effort that went into making this happen,” he said.

“I’m very pleased that our team rose to the challenge of providing Fletcher Allen with an exceptional LEED gold project they can be proud of for many years to come, said Matt Cooke, project manager for Pizzagalli Construction of South Burlington.

“Our goal was to design an environment that helps alleviate some of the stress that patients go through,” said Andre M. Aoun, AIA, principal at Cannon Design. “The combination of natural light, views, gardens and use of natural materials foster a healing atmosphere throughout the new center. It has been very gratifying to see the end product and to experience the positive impact the environment has on the patients and staff," he added.

The 23,000 sq. ft. facility, called The Garden Pavilion, was dedicated in August and will serve approximately 800 cancer patients annually. It is located on the east side of the Ambulatory Care Center on the Medical Center Campus.

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** There are four levels of LEED certification: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Certified.