MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper Builds Hope Through Sustainability
World-Class Cancer Treatment Center’s New Camden Facility Wins USGBC NJ Emerald Award for Urban Green Projects
Camden, N.J. (October 17, 2014)
-- When Cooper University Health Care topped off its new 103,050-square-foot cancer facility in Camden, N.J., workers laid a final beam with the inscription “Building Hope.” Beyond providing hope through cutting-edge care and discoveries for those stricken with cancer, the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper was built to create hope for the environment. The center sets a new standard for sustainability among health care facilities and, for that, the United States Green Building Council-New Jersey chapter (USGBC NJ) will honor the project with an Emerald Award at the organization’s 12th Annual Awards Gala on Nov. 7 at the Conference Center of the LEED® certified University Hall at Montclair State University.
Built on three acres of previously contaminated brownfield, the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper was designed by Langan Engineering and planned by project architect and LEED® coordinator Francis Cauffman. Partners Engineering & Science performed the Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing Engineering. The goal was for the building to perform 18% above base code energy requirements. Unique and innovative features include:
• Carefully graded pedestrian paths accessible by all people on site and connected to adjacent campus amenities and mass transit
• Night-sky friendly, energy-efficient lighting that provides enough light for safety while meeting LEED® goals and lowering energy consumption
• Sustainable stormwater management systems that incorporate landscape areas and engineered systems for cleansing and infiltration that exceed local and state water-quality requirements
• Lush landscaping, including plantings in beds and pavings specially designed to minimize rooftop loading while creating a green, calming environment
• Redevelopment of a contaminated site through innovative approaches to soil reuse and removal of underground tanks
In addition to energy reduction and environmental remediation, the team of designers and planners also focused on indoor air quality in order to provide the optimal environment for patients with compromised immune systems, as well as for their families and the facility staff. This meant eliminating or minimizing human exposure to various chemicals by:
• Designing the ventilation system to a more stringent code than ASHRAE 62.1
• Monitoring outdoor air intake for pollutants
• Specifying low-emitting materials for all adhesives, paints, flooring and composite wood products
• Developing and enforcing a construction IAQ management plan
Finally, the team left a percentage of the building as shell space to provide maximum flexibility for future fit-outs and so those projects would require minimal disruption to center operations and the environment.
“Our focus has always been creating the most cutting-edge healing environment for our patients to allow us to give the best possible cancer care,” said Generosa Grana, MD, Director of MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. “Our new facility encompasses healing features for our patients, but also our community through the design and sustainability of the building.”
USGBC NJ Executive Director Florence Block added: “It is a matter of social responsibility for a leading medical center to maintain an environment that is both healthy for all occupants and that protects the integrity of its surrounding area. In this case, the MD Anderson Cancer Center of Cooper has actually improved the surrounding environment while raising the bar for energy efficiency and interior air quality.
“We are thrilled for the opportunity to present an Emerald Award to MD Anderson and its team of engineers and architects.”
USGBC NJ’s annual gala is considered the networking event of the year by green building and sustainability professionals in the Tri-State area. This year, the gala will also feature a silent auction. Items will be displayed on website prior to the event. Those who wish to donate to the auction should contact Caitlin Nagel at Caitlin.Nagel@wyn.com
USGBC NJ is also currently recruiting sponsors for the gala. Sponsor contributions provide program and operating support for all of the chapter’s education programs, events, tours, research programs and advocacy initiatives and provide start-up funds for new green building programs and resources.
“When you become a USGBC NJ Gala Sponsor, you make a public commitment to supporting transformative programming, outreach, research and advocacy that shape a more sustainable future for New Jersey,” Block added. “USGBC NJ Gala Sponsors are vital in helping USGBC NJ achieve its mission.”
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About the U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit that is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future 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, the Center for Green Schools, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org
More About the U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter
The USGBC NJ is a non-profit organization focused solely on advancing green building and sustainable communities. The mission of USGBC NJ is to transform NJ’s built environment to become ecologically sustainable, profitable, and healthy. We accomplish our mission through education, advocacy, and collaboration. As New Jersey’s green building advocate and education resource, USGBC NJ provides over 150 educational programs, events, green building tours, research studies, and advocacy initiatives each year, through its three-branch, state-wide network.
For over 10 years USGBC NJ has served as the meeting ground, catalyst, and propeller for sustainability-minded individuals in building-related professions. Through the NJ Chapter, LEED® and green building in general, have found fertile ground in New Jersey. The New Jersey Chapter’s 1,400+ members represent the entire spectrum of New Jersey’s green building community.
There are 5,179 LEED accredited professionals in NJ and 952 LEED registered and 359 certified projects in New Jersey, plus 2,625 certified LEED Homes.*
*As of September, 2014