The City of Scottsdale recently earned LEED Platinum Certification for their Cactus Acres and Eldorado Park Fire Stations, earning the City a total of nine LEED Certified facilities, four of which are Platinum level. Anthony Floyd, Scottsdale’s Green Building Manager stated “Scottsdale is committed to the LEED certification process to ensure the objectivity of a third-party verification process for accountable public facilities. Achieving LEED Platinum Certification for our Fire Station projects is a high mark of environmental excellence for the City of Scottsdale.”
The fire stations implemented a wide variety of sustainable strategies to achieve high percentages of water and energy savings. Both buildings feature roof-mounted photovoltaics which provide over 20% of the buildings energy. The Cactus Acres Station will achieve 58% energy savings compared to a typical new building, and the Eldorado Park Station will hit 47% savings. All of the work spaces are day lit and have access to views, providing the firefighters with a pleasant indoor environment.
In 2005 the City of Scottsdale was the first city in the United States to mandate a LEED Gold standard for their buildings. The City has shown a strong commitment to this pursuit which is emphasized by the four Platinum projects that have exceeded the Gold requirement.
The projects were a collaborative effort led by the City of Scottsdale, Green Ideas Sustainability Consultants, WLC Architects and Caliente Construction. Green Ideas served as the Sustainability Strategist / LEED Consultant and has worked closely with the City of Scottsdale since completing the City’s first LEED Certified project, the Scottsdale Senior Center in 2005. Green Ideas has been the consultant for four of the City’s LEED certified facilities, and is currently working on the Scottsdale Airport Operations Building which is in design. Green Ideas’ President Charlie Popeck stated “We are honored to be working with such a forward-thinking municipality. The leadership that Scottsdale has provided serves as a shining example of what can be accomplished when buildings are designed and built with the future in mind. These buildings will save Scottsdale residents thousands of dollars over their lifetime”.