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May 21, 2013






Shawn Gordon, Capital Projects Coordinator


Fire Administration Building receives LEED Gold


LEED GroupJames City County’s Fire Administration Building has received Gold certification in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program. Located at 5077 John Tyler Hwy., the 10,000 square foot facility houses Fire Administration, Fire Support Services, EMS Training, Fire Training and the Fire Marshal’s office.


Buildings seeking LEED certification under LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations are graded in seven categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, Innovation in Design, and Regional Priority. LEED certified buildings have lower operating costs and reduced waste sent to landfills. They also conserve water and energy, emphasize improved indoor air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and incorporate sustainable materials.


Guernsey-Tingle Architects and David A. Nice Builders, Inc. completed the design and renovation of this building ahead of schedule. In order to qualify for the Gold certification, work on the Fire Administration Building included:


  • The implementation of a new stormwater management plan that reduces the quantity of runoff by 35 percent.
  • New site lighting to reduce light pollution.
  • Added insulation, replacement of all doors and windows and a white PVC roofing system to improve building efficiency and minimize thermal losses.
  • The installation of water smart plumbing fixtures reducing water usage by over 40 percent.
  • Replacement of the existing HVAC system with a high efficiency unit, variable air boxes and a Direct Digital Control system to monitor the system remotely and new ductwork.
  • Replacement of the existing water heater with a heat on-demand natural gas system.


During construction, more than 88 percent of waste generated by on-site construction was diverted from the landfill and recycled. Work was completed using building materials within a 500 mile radius, many with low emitting materials and recycled content, minimizing transportation costs and imbedded energy costs.


As a result of the Board of Supervisor’s 2010 Sustainability Policy, all County buildings and renovations must seek LEED certification. The Law Enforcement Center is Silver Certified and Building D at the Government Center’s application for Silver Certification is pending.


For more information, call 757-259-4080.


Pictured from L to R: David Nice, David A. Nice Builders, Inc.; Andrew Cronan, Guernsey-Tingle Architects; Shawn Gordon and Assistant Chief Bob Ryalls, James City County


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