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June 9, 2015 - Department of Energy Representative Visits West Woods Community Station

Pictured above: Maria Vargas, Director of the DOE Better Buildings Challenge (center) poses with City representatives and building architects in front of the Arvada Police West Woods Community Station.


(Arvada, CO) – On Monday, June 8, Arvada was recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for its leadership in energy efficiency. Maria Vargas, Director of the DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge Program, toured the City’s West Woods Community Police Station, which along with the Lake Arbor Station recently received Gold LEED® Certification. City representatives at the tour included Mayor Marc Williams and Councilmember Bob Fifer along with City Manager Mark Deven and Police Chief Don Wick. Also present were the stations’ design and build teams.


Arvada Committed to Better Buildings Challenge

The Better Buildings Challenge is a DOE initiative, designed to drive leadership in energy innovation. Through Better Buildings, DOE partners with leaders in the public and private sectors to make the nation’s homes, commercial buildings, and industrial plants more energy efficient by accelerating investment and sharing of successful best practices. Arvada and Denver are the only cities in Colorado to partner with DOE in the program. As part of that program, Arvada is committed to a 20 percent reduction in energy intensity within 10 years and has already achieved an eight percent reduction in energy use.

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


Better Buildings Design using Beetle Kill Wood
An architect shows Maria Vargas a wall constructed of beetle kill pine.
  • Careful site selection to reduce the environmental impacts of the build site itself, avoiding sensitive habitat and walking distance to public transportation.
  • 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.


"We are very proud to be a participant in the Better Building Challenge,” stated Arvada Mayor Marc Williams.  “The West Woods and Lake Arbor substations are signature examples of how we can embrace sustainable practices without sacrificing creativity, security, or  efficiency. These buildings are true assets to our community."