Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station Becomes County’s First LEED Gold Building
PALM DESERT – The new Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station, located at 73-700 Gerald Ford Drive, is the first building constructed by Riverside County to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification.
“The Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station’s state-of-the-art design is good for our environment and the county’s bottom line,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “This prestigious rating distinguishes the station as a premier prototype of green design in our state.”
“We are extremely proud of our project management office and real property team, as well as the designers and constructors, for the effort they made in getting this project done on time and under budget,” said Rob Field, assistant county executive officer – Economic Development Agency.
The station is believed to be the first Sheriff’s station in California to achieve LEED certification, much less the LEED gold rating. A certified plaque from the U.S. Green Building Council will be placed in the lobby of the station.
LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system that awards ratings based on a project’s incorporation of energy efficient elements in design and construction. The facility was awarded 44 out of a possible 69 points.
The Sheriff’s station features skylights and 300 roof-mounted solar panels, which help reduce utility costs by 20 percent. When the building was dedicated Oct. 12, 2010, Southern California Edison presented checks of $168,190 and $174,085 to the county for energy-saving incentives and rebates.
Other green design elements include: water efficient landscaping, light pollution reduction, storm water management, maximization of open space, the use of alternative transportation such as bicycles and energy efficient vehicles, general building water use reduction, enhanced refrigerant management, storage and collection of recyclables and the use of low-emitting materials such as paints, coatings and carpet systems.
The 83,000-square-foot facility serves as the headquarters for about 220 Sheriff’s deputies and other staff for the contract cities of Indian Wells, Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage and the unincorporated communities of Andreas Hills, Joshua Tree National Park, North Palm Springs, Painted Hills, Sky Valley and Thousand Palms.
The $32.9 million structure was funded by the Riverside County Palm Desert Financing Authority.