Government facilities across the United States are now redeveloped and constructed with “green” designs for sustainability like the recently completed police headquarters and branch court in the City of Aurora, Illinois, which has been given with LEED Gold certification. The police headquarters and branch court, completed in late 2009, received the certification form the U.S Green Building Council, which is also verified by the GBCI or the Green Building Certification Institute.
GBCI is an independently third- party that provides professional project certification and credentialing for green buildings.
Aurora’s Mayor Tom Weisner said, the city’s new police headquarters was built to improve police safety and operations and to become the most eco- friendly municipal building across the country.
Mayor Weisner also added the Gold certification for the police headquarters is an additional mark of merit for the city’s leadership in sustainability initiatives.
The police headquarters received the certification for incorporating several sustainable program involving water, energy use, lighting, and material used.
The 154,000 square feet facility, which is designed to use 30 percent less water and 27 less energy compared to other building with the same usage and size, is located at 1200 E. Indian Trail Road, Aurora. The police headquarters also have a 42,000 square feet Support and Training building, and a 200,000 square feet parking deck.
The LEED Gold certification is the facility’s fourth award.
Other awards given to the police headquarters include— “Project of the Year” from the Construction Industry Service Corp, and the “Build to Suit Award” from Chicago Real Estate Awards’ 22nd annual diner.