LEED Gold Certification
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) awarded the Village of Orland Park Police Department the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification for its new police station. It is the only police facility in the country and the first project of this kind in the south suburbs to achieve the LEED Gold Certificate.
LEED design evaluates buildings in five categories: water efficiency, indoor air quality, sustainable site, energy and atmosphere and materials. Working closely with the Orland Park Police Department, SRBL Architects of Deerfield, Illinois converted an existing commercial warehouse at the corner of 151st Street and Ravinia Avenue into a new 65,175 square foot facility.
The parking lots are paved with porous bricks to reduce water run off. An underground cistern in front of the station collects rain water for irrigating lawns and landscaping. The building is “capped” with a white roof that reflects sunlight and conserves energy. The building “borrows” light from an exterior glass curtain wall and light monitors on the roof. This design brings natural light throughout the structure and minimizes light fixtures and the energy to power them.
Interior light monitors provide natural lighting for employee work areas and help with energy conservation by lighting work areas that would otherwise require artificial lights. Light monitors sense when someone enters a room, going on. When a room is vacant for a period of time, the lights automatically shut off. Orland Park’s new police headquarters was dedicated on May 1, 2007. The facility provides enough space to meet the department’s needs for the next 40 years.