Building was recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council
ALBUQUERQUE – Mayor Richard J. Berry announced Wednesday January 25, 2012 that the Albuquerque Police Department’s Northwest Substation received national recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The council awarded the Michael R. King & Richard W. Smith Jr. Memorial Substation, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Level Certification. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. APD achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies by using less energy and water.
The recognition is the third major award that the substation has received. Last year, the substation was recognized by The Albuquerque Chapter of the American Institute of Architects for general design. The building also won project of the year from The International Association of Law Enforcement Planners.
“The community should be very proud of this facility,” Mayor Berry said. “For generations to come, this building will house police officers protecting our community. At the same time it will save energy and taxpayer money.”
Mayor Berry dedicated the $6.3 million 25,000 square-foot facility in May 2011. The facility, which was built with recycled materials, is equipped with motion-detector lighting, daylight dimming, photovoltaic electrical power, geothermal heating and cooling, and a rain harvesting system.
“The green building movement offers an unprecedented opportunity to respond to the most-important challenges of our time, including global climate change, dependence on non-sustainable and expensive sources of energy and threats to human health,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The work of innovative building projects such as the Albuquerque Police Department’s Northwest Substation is a fundamental driving force in the green building movement.”