Police Headquarters in Aurora, IL Achieves LEED Gold Certification

Aurora Police Headquarters. Image Credit: Cordogan, Clark and Associates.

The City of Aurora in Illinois has been awarded LEED Gold certification for the green construction of its new Police Headquarters and Branch Court facility.

“The new Police Headquarters was not only built to enhance police operations and safety, but also to be one of the most environmentally-sound municipal buildings in the country,” Mayor Tom Weisner told the Trib Local, an Auroa-based publication. “Earning the prestigious LEED Gold certification is another mark of distinction recognizing Aurora’s leadership in sustainability initiatives.”

The police facility was able to earn LEED certification by utilizing incorporating a variety of earth-friendly energy, lighting, water and material strategies.  In addition to conserving resources, the new building will be using substantially less water and energy, thereby helping to save taxpayer’s money and creating a healthier environment for Aurora residents.

Construction on the Police Department and Branch Court facility was completed in late 2009. The 154,000-squre-foot facility uses 27 % less energy and 30 percent less water than a non-LEED certified building of the same parameters.  The massive campus also houses a 200,000-square-foot parking deck and 42,000-square-foot training building, in addition to 911 services, administrative offices, a records division and county court.

Other notables, according to the Trib Local include:

• Permeable pavers in the main parking lot that absorb storm-water runoff and are light in color so they do not reflect as much heat back into the building, which reduces cooling costs;
• Vegetated bioswales – as opposed to storm sewers – to carry water runoff into a 3.7 acre retention pond, which reduces the impact on Aurora’s municipal sewer system;
• “Daylight harvesting” elements that maximize natural light;
• Recycled content in drywall, steel and concrete; and
• Photovoltaic panels for solar power generation.

The stunning building isn’t only earth-friendly; It’s also equipped with state-of-the-art policing equipment.  It’s also the largest, full-service police station built in the United States.

To take a more in-depth look at this groundbreaking building, check out this YouTube video.

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