Roof projects earns award nomination

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The hospital's new roof, finished in 2012, is already saving more than $150,000 a year in fuel costs. Inset: a "before" view.

YKHC’s hospital roof replacement project has been nominated for a Dept. of Health & Human Services “Green Champion” award.

Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“Stimulus”), the project completely replaced the existing membrane roof on the hospital in Bethel. Besides a new water proof membrane, the insulation  value of the roof was doubled and tripled in some areas.

Support Services Vice President Greg McIntyre says fuel usage has been reduced from 80,000 gallons in FY2011 to 52,000 gallons in FY2012. The cost savings is averaging $160,000 per year.

The Green Champion awards were established by DHHS in response to an Executive Order issued by President Obama in October 2009 challenging Federal agencies to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water consumption, and pollution.

The original 95,000  square foot hospital roof construction began in 1979. The replacement project started in the summer of 2011 and was 95% complete that year. The remaining work, primarily painting, was completed in the summer of 2012.

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