The City of Richardson today announced that its recently opened Fire Station #4 has achieved the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New Construction (LEED NC) Certification, which is given to new construction projects that meet certain standards and qualities set by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
LEED NC buildings are designed to be efficient and have a lower impact on the environment. LEED NC techniques are applied to many building types including offices, libraries, churches, hotels and government buildings. Achievement of the standard also helps lay the foundation for sustainable operations and maintenance practices of the facility post-construction.
"We’re pleased to announce that Fire Station #4 has earned this distinguished endorsement," said Richardson Mayor Bob Townsend. "This facility is another wonderful example of Richardson’s abiding commitment to sustainability, and a demonstration of how we are working to achieve the City Council’s objective of having all new City facilities constructed to the most environmentally sensitive and progressive standards possible."
Fire Station #4, located at 1500 Apollo Rd., was funded by the City’s 2010 Bond Program. It is staffed by 10 firefighters and houses a heavy rescue unit, fire quint apparatus (pumper/aerial ladder truck) and an ambulance. Its LEED design features include a high efficiency air conditioning and heating system with added insulation and a combination of sustainable or recycled materials where feasible, including the structural foundation, lumber and much of the millwork.
The station is home to the Fire Department’s heavy rescue, swift water rescue and high angle rescue teams. Because of these specialties, firefighters at the station go through a greater amount of additional training on site to be prepared for such instances. The location of the station allows emergency personnel the opportunity to improve response times and reach residents on the southeast side of the city more quickly.
Last July, the City held a dedication ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new station, which replaced an older facility located at Plano Road at East Collins Boulevard.
All of Richardson’s most recently constructed civic buildings have achieved LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, reflecting the City Council’s environmental goal of having all new municipal buildings achieve this standard.
In addition to Fire Station #4, the City’s recently opened Richardson Gymnastics Center is designed to meet LEED certification standards, and the City is currently constructing a new Heights Recreation Center (expected to open in late May) and a new Fire Training and Emergency Operations Center, each of which is designed to meet LEED certification standards.
Fire Station #4 was designed by Gary DeVries and Chris Sano with BRW Architects, and the contractor on the project was CORE Construction.
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