In 2011 Empire Finance worked with TCI to provide funding for their state of the art flooring and radiotherapy treatment rooms. We are excited to be a part of their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design! To receive LEED certification, projects must meet certain standards and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Tulsa Cancer Institute’s LEED certification application has been in the review process since they moved in during the summer of 2013, but is now approved, making the building LEED certified. Sustainable features include bicycle storage and changing rooms for staff and visitors, roofing materials that act as a high solar reflective index to minimize heat and native vegetation surrounding the building which equals half of the project site. Additional sustainable features include 22 percent of the building materials were manufactured using recycled materials, and 20 percent of the materials were manufactured within 500 miles of the project site. Approximately 35 percent of the 85,600-square-foot building’s electricity comes from renewable energy sources. The facility’s landscaping and irrigation systems have been designed to reduce potable water consumption for irrigation by 67 percent from an allowable baseline. “It was very important to us, for both the community and the environment, that we achieved LEED status. The process of achieving this designation was a lot of work but it was absolutely worth it. As one of the few LEED certified healthcare facilities in the country, we feel this is just one more point that differentiates us from our peers,” said Michael Yates, chief financial officer at Tulsa Cancer Institute. Hoagland says “by achieving this nationally recognized certification, Tulsa Cancer Institute has demonstrated progressive leadership in the community and helped raise the bar in Tulsa for buildings of this type.”
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