Duke has one fantastic helipad atop its hospital.
So says the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing, which recently bestowed national acclaim upon the hospital's 2007 heliport roof replacement project.
Essentially, Duke built itself an environmentally friendly helipad.
"The environmental and economic benefit of forward-thinking roof design can be very significant," said Craig Silvertooth, who directs the Washington D.C.-based organization.
Among the green features and outcomes of the helipad project:
• 718 tons of solid construction waste was diverted from the landfill, and nearly $30,000 in landfill dumping fees were avoided.
• 430 tons of roof ballast stone was recycled for road stabilization.
• 2,120 miles of dump truck or landfill travel was avoided and 265 gallons of fuel were spared.
• 289,000 feet of insulation was salvaged and preserved for future use; so far, four other Duke buildings have been re-roofed with the salvaged insulation.