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Nation's first free clinic awarded 'LEED Gold' status

May 17, 2010
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WASHINGTON — The Arlington Free Clinic has become the first free clinic in the nation to earn "LEED Gold" certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) initiative of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), according to the Sun Gazette.
The certification is based on the design of the clinic''s year-old facility on Columbia Pike, which incorporated energy-efficient design and features, the article noted.
The facility was designed by Perkins+Will in collaboration with the engineering firm Integral and builder Bognet Construction Associates, the article stated.
"We wanted a space that would be welcoming and reflect our core values of excellence and respect," said Free Clinic Executive Director Nancy Pallesen.
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