HESPERIA, CA – The City of Hesperia is pleased to announce that the new Hesperia Police Department facility has officially been awarded LEED® Gold certification, from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). After 14 months of construction, and being operational for three, the Police Department building has been recognized for utilizing sustainable resources and design methods in the construction of the facility. By using less energy and water LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the High Desert.
“We are very proud to be able to build this facility for our law enforcement personnel while taking care of the environment for future generations,” said Mayor Mike Leonard. “This Gold certification is a permanent reminder of the steps we have taken to do just that.”
LEED is a rating system designed by USGBC to encourage and facilitate the development of more sustainable buildings. It addresses a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of environmental health: sustainable site development; water efficiency; energy and atmosphere, materials and resources; and indoor environmental quality. The Hesperia Police Station included a variety of design standards including:
- Conserving electricity through the use of energy efficient lighting systems.
- Selecting water efficient landscaping and irrigation systems for the entire property.
- Maximizing waste diversion during construction to recycle over 75% of construction debris, preventing it from entering our local landfill.
- Utilizing local and regional building materials whenever possible.
- Selecting low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints, carpeting, wood and adhesives to maintain high indoor environmental quality.
- Installing a photovoltaic solar energy system consisting of 930 panels that will produce approximately 78% of the building’s electricity needs.
“The City of Hesperia’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and the City of Hesperia serves as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish.”
The 42,887 square foot station was designed by LPA, Inc., managed by Griffin Structures and built by McCarthy, and is the first public facility in the High Desert to receive LEED Gold certification. This $19.8 million project, which was built to meet the standards of an essential facility in the event of a major earthquake and includes a solar energy system, was completed at $2.2 million less than original construction estimates. The solar panels at the facility were made possible through a California Solar Initiative grant for $305,000 and $775,000 in ARRA funds.
About LEED Certification
LEED is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. LEED rating systems are developed through an open, consensus-based process led by LEED committees.
Each volunteer committee is composed of a diverse group of practitioners and experts representing a cross-section of the building and construction industry.
For more information about LEED certification at www.usgbc.org.