Law Building Certified as County’s 1st LEED Platinum Facility
INDIO – The new County Law Building in Indio has become the first County of Riverside facility to receive the platinum-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®), the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest level of certification.
“As one of the most efficient buildings in our inventory, the County Law Building leaves a smaller footprint on our environment by using energy and water more efficiently, while also generating significant savings on operations,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “I am very proud that this hugely successful project earned this prestigious rating, distinguishing it as a prototype of sustainability in our state.”
The three-story, approximately 90,000-square-foot facility provides offices for the district attorney, public defender, county counsel and the Indio branch of the Riverside County Law Library.
The County Law Building’s design and construction incorporated many energy-efficient and water-saving features that were certified by LEED®, an internationally recognized green building certification system. The facility was awarded 85 out of a possible 100 points.
Solar panels on carports are expected to generate approximately 40 percent of the building’s energy consumption. Light-colored roofing will reduce the building’s solar heat gain, saving energy during the summer. High efficiency plumbing fixtures, drought tolerant landscaping and drip irrigation will reduce water use. Many building materials, including portions of the building’s steel, were from recycled content.
A certified plaque from the U.S. Green Building Council will be placed in the lobby. The public can also view an LED display in the lobby to learn about the sustainable design practices incorporated into the project.
The project was developed under a public private partnership with the core development team of Trammell Crow Company, National Development Council, Langdon Wilson International and Millie and Severson. The development team designed, developed, financed, constructed and provided the facility to the county fully completed, including furniture and cabling. The County Law Building was dedicated in February 2015, four months early and about $2 million under budget.
“The development of the new County Law Building has to be one of the most rewarding and satisfying experiences the Economic Development Agency has ever been a part of,” said Rob Field, assistant county executive officer, Economic Development Agency. “The outcome reflects the value of great teamwork, and helps prove the value that a well-run public-private partnership can bring."