The city of Cartersville formally opened two new facilities last week with public ceremonies—the LEED-designed Public Safety Headquarters, which houses police and fire operations, and Fire Station 4 on MLK Jr. Drive.
Police Chief Thomas "Tommy" Culpepper said the new, "green" building on Cassville Road has several advantages, including better communication among employees, a heightened sense of pride for police officers and staff, one location for the public, and energy efficiency, which will save tax dollars.
The two-story structure that also houses Fire Station 1 and Cartersville Fire Department's administration was designed to reduce the negative impact on the environment and improve the quality of working environment for daily inhabitants, according to the city.
It does so through sustainable site design, including light-colored and grass paving, bike racks and preferred parking for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles; water and energy efficiency, such as solar thermal water heating and motion-sensor, high-efficiency lighting; and with materials and resources. More than 75 percent of the construction waste was recycled and building materials consisted of highly-recycled content manufactured regionally to lessen the impact of transportation.
Fire Chief Scott Carter said three, 100-foot bays that house fire trucks and apparatus are equipped with a diesel-exhaust system that maintains a clean and healthy environment for firefighters, who have living quarters in the building. It's technology will allow digital conferencing and digital work groups that would enhance efficiency if disaster were to strike.
Cartersville's Clarence Brown Conference Center is a gold-level LEED certified building, the first of its kind it town. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
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