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April 7, 2015 - Arvada Police Substations Achieve Gold LEED Certification

(Arvada, CO) –The City of Arvada Police Department's two new community substations—West Woods and Lake Arbor—were recently recognized with the prestigious Gold LEED® Certification.

LEED—Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design—is an internationally recognized green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home, or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

S. Richard Fedrizzi, CEO and Founding Chairman of USGBC, stated, “LEED certification identifies as a showcase example of sustainable design and demonstrates your leadership in transforming the building industry.”

Lake Arbor Community Station (8110 Vance Street) and West Woods Community Station (6644 Kendrick Drive) both opened in February of 2014. 

Steps taken to achieve LEED Certification at each of the substations include:

  • Careful site selection to reduce the environmental impacts of the build site itself, avoiding sensitive habitat and walking distance to public transportation.
  • Preferred parking for carpool and FEV/LEV vehicles for both employees and visitors. 
  • Encouraging bicycle use by providing bike racks and locker rooms.
  • A high ratio of green space to the development footprint, exceeding local zoning requirements of green space by over 86%. 
  • Water efficient flow and flush fixtures targeting an indoor water savings of 39% or nearly 18,000 gallons annually.
  • Water efficient landscaping.
  • Offsetting 35% of carbon emissions through the purchase of Green Power through a third party source.
  • Utilization of materials with recycled content, including locally sourced beetle kill pine.
  • High albedo materials cover a minimum of 75% of the roof area, thereby reducing heat islands.
  • Use of low or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, flooring systems, composite wood, and agrifiber products throughout the building.
  • Programming to educate occupants and visitors on the buildings’ sustainable features.

Arvada Police Chief Don Wick stated, “We are grateful to Barker, Rinker, Seacat for the building design; Adolphson-Petersen for the construction of these buildings; and to various City staff for their work on making this project a reality. While our vision was to create efficient and sustainable buildings, we could not have done it without everyone involved, and this is a tremendous community accomplishment.”