A Rocky Mountain Laboratories1940s boiler plant building - that was abandoned in 2001 when a new central facility was built - has since been renovated into a new laboratory. It is now the first National Institutes of Health building to achieve Gold status for environmental qualities.

According to Ken Pekoc of  RML Media Relations, the building was renovated into a laboratory with over 7,000 square feet of floor space. Kelly Hudson (R. in the photo) said, "This project turned a vacated, defunct building that was a drain on resources into an energy-efficient and valuable laboratory facility."

The award was presented to Kelly and Dr Kathryn Zoon, Director of the Division of Intramural Research of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

the US Green Building Council presented the plaque at the Hamilton location. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program has four levels of excellence. Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. The Rocky Mountain Labs project was only 9 points short of the Platinum level.

The scoring takes in water and energy efficiency, building ventilation and lighting and material reuse and recycling. Officials said that 95 percent all demotion debris in the Hamilton project was either recycled or reused.

Pekoc said that two research groups - 20 people - now use the renovated building.