By Mayor Douglas T. Kinson
Over the past few years, green buildings have been all the rage, but few have been delivered that have met or achieved expectations, until now. The city of Maitland is proud to announce that the Edward Doyle Police Headquarters has achieved sufficient points for the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification rating.
The city’s project design and LEED team included ACi Architects and Bishop Engineering Company of Winter Park; CHP & Associates Engineers and FCM Engineering of Maitland; and AVCON and MSI Landscape Architects of Orlando. Wharton Smith, based in Sanford, provided construction management and LEED construction services.
The city of Maitland is extremely proud of its leadership and of the record of green building that it is establishing. The city, ACi and AVCON currently have several more projects in the works, including the new Fire Station #45/Fire Department Headquarters Building and the planned City Hall, each of which will be designed and constructed to USGBC LEED standards.
The goal of LEED certification is to construct and operate buildings in a manner that is environmentally sustainable by reducing the impact of the construction process, minimize energy and water resource use, encourage recycling and sustainable behavior while constructing and maintaining healthy interior environments that maximize efficiency through high interior air quality and lighting.
The Edward Doyle Building is achieving its certification through careful design and construction techniques. On the design side, the building benefitted through careful building placement and location; the use of low water consumption plumbing fixtures and high-performance irrigation systems; highly reflective roofing and building color; an efficient building envelope including high-performance window systems, selection of low volatile organic compound (VOC) paints, adhesives and carpets; and a high-efficiency heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system.
On the construction side, the building benefitted from significant use of building materials produced locally and within 500 miles of the building location, the tracking and recycling of more than 90 percent of construction waste, careful abatement and management of construction runoff and sourcing and use of products containing recycled content.
In addition to the above, the city of Maitland has initiated a recycling program and cleaning programs using environmentally-safe and low-VOC products for all city buildings and has designated parking spaces at the Edward Doyle Building for both carpool and low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles.
In addition to the success of achieving points for the USGBC’s LEED Gold certification rating, the Associated Builders & Contractors awarded the Edward Doyle Police Building the Eagle Award, one of its highest honors for institutional facilities.
The Edward Doyle Police Headquarters is indicative of the type of success the city of Maitland expects to have in newly constructed public buildings in the future and anticipates an even stronger commitment to becoming a green city of the future!