Sibley’s Radiation Oncology Center is Awarded LEED Gold Certification
April 30, 2014
Sibley’s Radiation Oncology Center has been recognized for excellence in green building practice and performance by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The Center has been awarded Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.
On Tuesday, April 22, 2014 the construction team, design team and Sibley’s green team celebrated the certification in honor of Earth day. "The collaboration of the green team along with the design and construction teams helped us accomplish the marriage of functionality and beauty for the new Radiation Oncology building," stated Jerry Price, senior vice president of Real Estate and Construction. "Each member was an asset in championing towards the ultimate goal of sustainability."
LEED certification is recognized across the globe as the premier mark of achievement in green building. To receive LEED recognition, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. LEED levels are determined by the number of points a project earns.
The facility is also home to D.C.’s largest green roof, 17,000 square feet, in a healthcare building. This green stamp of approval reflects design features that make a building more sustainable including site and material selection, water and energy use and indoor environmental quality
Opened in November of 2012, the 30,000 square foot, Radiation Oncology Center includes advanced linear accelerators that target tumors with high-energy precision X-rays, allowing radiation treatments that previously took 20 minutes to be accomplished in just five minutes. The Center’s capabilities have expanded to treatment of trigeminal neuralgia (extreme pain in the face and jaw) and acoustic neuromas (tumors on the nerve leading from the inner ear to the brain) in addition to lung lesions, spine and brain tumors. Treatment of prostate cancer with image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) has been improved with new ultrasound technology that reduces unnecessary radiation for patients.
Sibley is dedicated to achieving sustainability with all building projects, 98% of the content of Hayes Hall, razed for the construction of the New Sibley, was diverted from landfill with most of it recycled on site. The team intends to earn LEED Silver once the new hospital is finished. The new Proton Therapy Center also has a goal of LEED Silver Certification; the team has also made plans to incorporate another vegetative roof on the top of the Center.
Sibley Memorial Hospital is a 318-bed acute care nonprofit hospital. Sibley is accredited by the Joint Commission and is licensed by the District of Columbia Department of Health and Human Services. Sibley is a proud member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Vist us at www.sibley.org.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.