Firehouse #12 Goes Platinum
January 14, 2010
Station #12 is second in nation to receive LEED Platinum Certification
Mayor Dave Cieslewicz and Chief Debra Amesqua announced today that City of Madison Fire Station #12 has become the second fire station in the country to achieve LEED® Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
"We have long held that our mission as a fire department is to protect life, property, and the environment," Chief Amesqua said. "This takes us beyond that promise to develop a culture that puts us at the leading edge of sustainable practices within the fire service and the community at large."
The City of Madison approached the planning, design and construction of the new station with the goal of exceeding existing standards for sustainability and environmental performance.
"It is important that city government lead by example," Mayor Cieslewicz said. "The Madison Fire Department has done just that and it has resulted in our facilities being the national standard for sustainability."
The new Fire Station #12, located on the far west side and designed by Plunkett Raysich Architects (PRA), features ground source geo-thermal heat pumps, a green roof, solar hot water collectors, pervious pavement and rainwater harvesting.
Madison Fire Station #12 is environmentally responsible in its siting and construction. The site employs drought resistant landscape requiring only collected rainwater and storm-water infiltration strategies, while the building uses 40% recycled materials and nearly 60% regional materials.
Water conserving plumbing fixtures reduce potable water use by 35%, while motion and light level sensors and transom level daylight glazing reduce the demand for electricity.
The November issue of Fire Chief recognized Madison Fire Station #12 in their annual
Station Style Design Awards section as a Career Silver award-winning project. The
Association of Licensed Architects also recently recognized the Madison Fire Station #12
with a Merit Award.
- Lori Worth, Madison Fire Department, (608) 266-594
- Rachel Strauch-Nelson, Mayor's Office, (608) 266-4611