Kansas county receives second LEED gold certification for communication center

on Tuesday,December 29,2009 22:12


Receiving a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certificate from the U.S. Green Building Council is impressive enough, yet after receiving its second LEED certification, one might believe that Johnson County, Kansas, is just showing off.

The Eastern Kansas County recently received its second gold rating for the County Communications Center in Olanthe. The 46,000 square-foot, $21 million structure houses the area''s Emergency Communications Center and the sheriff''s communications dispatch unit.

The building is a model of sustainable architecture, boasting multiple natural lighting techniques, daylight sensors that adjust to the time of day and high performance windows that combat heating and cooling costs in the massive compound.

The highlight of the overtly green building is an 11,000 square-foot vegetable garden springing from the building''s roof.

"It''s a wise investment that will pay great dividends in the future in operational efficiency and in environmental sensitivity," says Annabeth Surbaugh, chairwoman of the Johnson County Board of Commissioners, in a statement released to the Kansas City Star.

The building, which was completed earlier in the year, is estimated to use 16 percent less energy than more traditional structures and comprised largely of recycled materials.

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