Sarasota Police HQ Gets LEED Nod

When Architects Design Group of Winter Park, Florida, was approached about creating a design for Sarasota’s new police headquarters, they didn’t just focus on where to put the SWAT team equipment and store the department’s vehicles, they focused on energy efficiency. As consequence, this new building has earned LEED certification.

There are only 33 LEED certified police facilities in the U.S., and Sarasota’s is the first in the state of Florida to carry this distinction. The six-story building was constructed at a cost of  $38 million.

Police LEED Sarasota

image via Architects Design Group

Sustainable features include automated lighting controls sytems, Low-E windows, Water Star compliant plumbing fixtures, recycled materials, and water-friendly landscaping. The facility features natural daylighting throughout the interior work environment and offers views of downtown Sarasota.

The intersection of green systems and concepts with the needs of police facilities clearly is not new territory to Architects Design Group, which currently has several project under consideration for LEED certification, including the Orange County Sheriff Sector II Building, Deltona Fire Station #65, the Greene County/Springfield Public Safety Complex, and the Charleston County EOC and 911 Call Center.

More information about the Sarasota’s new police headquarters is available online.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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