Clinical Center News
Winter 2018

Building 10 F Wing Renovation Achieves LEED Gold Certification

Recent renovations in the NIH Clinical Center just achieved LEED Gold Certification. The updates were to the F wing, which has transformed 16 floors and 250,000 sq. ft. of space. The project converted former patient care and support units into flexible research laboratory and support spacing serving at least 12 different Institutes and Centers, including a series of clinical anatomical pathology laboratories for NCI's Laboratory of Pathology, with an autopsy suite with morgue, and various pathological, cytological, and molecular labs.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building rating system developed by the United States Green Building Council to implement sustainable, environmentally-friendly building elements in design and construction projects, with increasing levels of certification 'points' earned for meeting corresponding environmental benefits. The Gold certification is the second highest level on a scale of four.

The certification was achieved through various sustainable strategies targeting air quality, light, temperature, water and other energy efficiencies including the novel, chilled beam technology, hazardous material abatement, and use of renewable, recycled, low emitting and locally produced materials.

The chilled beam technology and other mechanical system design changes achieved a 15% reduction in energy use over a baseline building. The exhaust air systems have sensors to automatically reduce energy use during down periods and recover and reuse heat that would otherwise escape into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide sensors react to densely occupied areas such as conference rooms, increasing fresh air flow. Occupancy sensors using infrared and ultrasonic devices "sense" when an area is vacant, powering down lighting systems in zones, with lighting in adjacent vacant areas reduced by 50% to eliminate harsh, light-to-dark situations for remaining employees.

A rendering of a typical open laboratory
Teaching Lab Schematic
A rendering of a typical open laboratory (left) installed on floors 3 through 10 of the Clinical Center and a rendering of future FAES teaching laboratory (right).
Karen Baker, Dr. Colleen Hadigan and Victoria Anderson stand in a hallway.
Dr. Daniel Kastner examining a patient at the NIH Clinical Center
A nurse provides Dr. Anthony Fauci a flu shot
Food allergy
NIH staff gather at a relay race at the NIH Clinical Center
Dr. Gilman speaks at a podium
Four people listen to a dietician speak about the Nutrition Department while a employee preps food
Prediction and probability maps from prostate cancer researchers
Dr. Francis Collins, Shawn Thomas and Dr. Jim Gilman stand on stage as Thomas holds a plaque
National Symphony Orchestra performance
Two men up close to the MRI magnet, outside
Dr. Christopher Pleyer, Dr. Kelly Stone and Dr. Robert Lembo stand in front of a screen that says Distinguished Clinical Teacher Award Winner. Stone holds a plaque
Artwork decorates stairwells
Dr. William Ward speaks at a podium and a screen behind him is a poster that says Immunohematology & Blood Transfusion, 27th Annual Symposium
Four students and a teacher hold an oversized check to benefits patients at the NIH Clinical Center
Senior leaders at NIH cut a ribbon opening two hospice suites at the Clinical Center
Laptop with stethoscope nearby
Patient Photography Studio
Dr. Francis Collins, director of the NIH sties in a chair to the left. Barbra Streisand holds a microphone and sits in a chair to the right – speaks to the audience
Dr. James Gilman stands with Alba C. Murphy as they smile and hold a certificate
A paper cutout of a hand shape with a stick on the end. Text on the paper says I [heart] clean hands
Patient with Degos disease addresses symposium attendees
CDC and NIH representatives stand in a special isolation patient room at the NIH Clinical Center
Eight young men and women line up holding graduation certificates in Lipsett Auditorium
A four panel exhibit with photos, text and artifacts on NIH medical pioneers Christian Anfinsen and Michael Potter
NIH Clinical Center volunteer Chaoyang Wang
Woman with scientific cap on her head plays a touch game
Doctors at NIH speak in a lecture hall during Nurses Week
NIH Clinical Center doctor receives award
Children participate in Take Your Child to Work Day Hematology Lab
Leslie Wehrlen holds a plaque.
Sixteen women, graduates of the program and departmental leaders, gather for a photo
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Pius Aiyelawo swearing into the Senior Executive Service with Dr. Lawrence Tabak
Jackson Taylor (right) and his donor Sean McLaughlin (left)
Dr. Thomas Burklow
Two care providers look at a computer
Child reading a book
NIH employee, Ricky Day, trys the prototype device
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams tours Clinical Center with CC CEO Dr. James K. Gilman
First Lady Melania Trump gets together with five children to pose for a picture
Patient and doctor
Harold Varmus, Robert Frasca, Mark Hatfield and John Gallin at the groundbreaking of the hospital's new addition
Black and White photo of the first meeting of the National Advisory Eye Council (13 men) gathering on steps
Jim Gilman at Town Hall in Masur Auditorium
NIH staff and volunteers participate at the Clinical Center line dancing event to raise heart health awareness
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar meets with patients, doctors at NIH