May 7, 2013
Public Information & Communications
Contact: Kevin Christopher
Mesa, AZ – Fire Station 219, 3361 S. Signal Butte Road, is the first City of Mesa building to be LEED (U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design registration) certified. In fact, the sustainable practices used in the construction of the fire station have earned it LEED Gold certification. A plaque recognizing the City’s achievement was presented during the May 6 Mesa City Council meeting.
“When Fire Station 219 opened, it was a clear indication that the City of Mesa is committed to the public safety of our residents and our businesses in southeast Mesa. The achievement of LEED Gold certification also shows the commitment the City of Mesa has to sustainability and the future of our environment,” District 6 Councilmember Scott Somers said.
LEED is a voluntary program that provides third-party verification of the design and construction of “green” buildings. LEED buildings are designed to lower operating costs, reduce waste sent to landfills, conserve energy and water, be healthier and safe for occupants and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Examples of sustainable practices at Fire Station 219 include solar panels, a solar hot water system, insulated concrete exterior walls and an insulated cool foam roof.
“Mesa is one of the nation’s leaders in building environmentally sustainable fire stations. Not only are they built to meet the demands of 24 hour occupancy for many decades to come, but they are a perfect example of how safety, aesthetics, durability and sustainability can co-exist in a public safety structure,” District 3 Councilmember and Council Public Safety Committee Chair Dennis Kavanaugh said.
The City received a $2 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to pay for many of the energy efficient items used to achieve LEED Gold certification. More than 40 percent of construction materials were obtained within a 500 mile radius, reducing expenses by saving transportation costs and natural resources. More than 75 percent of construction waste was diverted from the landfill, reducing disposal costs, providing material for companies to use in recycled products and extending the life of the local landfill.
“Fire Station 219 is a proud testament to the great things we can do in the area of sustainability, especially when the usual cooperative efforts between our City Departments share a common goal,” Mesa Fire and Medical Department Chief Harry Beck said. “Our department and fire/paramedic crews are certainly appreciative to the citizens of Mesa who have made it possible for us to deliver our services from the prototypical station whose design will be emulated by fire departments national wide in the years to come.”
Several City departments worked together to ensure the construction of Fire Station 219 achieved LEED Gold certification, including Mesa Fire and Medical, Development and Sustainability, Engineering and Facilities Maintenance. It was designed by Perlman Architects of Arizona and was built by D.L. Withers Construction.
Fire Station 219 was funded primarily by a public safety bond approved by Mesa voters in 2008. The FEMA grant was provided through its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program to provide grants for construction of fire stations.
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