OMRF tower receives LEED award
The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation received LEED Gold certification Tuesday for its new Oklahoma City research tower. LEED — Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design — is awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council and measures how well a building is designed and constructed for optimum human and environmental health. Points are awarded for energy efficiency, water savings and use of “green” construction materials. OMRF Executive Vice President Chip Morgan said, “Working with the architects at Perkins+Will and the construction team at FlintCo, we planned and created a building that is beautiful, friendly to the environment and, most importantly, a top-notch center for medical research.” OMRF's new tower features 18 vertical wind turbines, which help power the building, a HVAC system with chilled beam technology to reduce the energy needed for heating and cooling, a rain garden made up of native Oklahoma plants to contain stormwater discharge, and motion-activated lights. The building also reduces lighting needs by capturing sunlight.