The building fits into an unusually shaped hillside on a busy regional connector. The hillside construction created an energy efficient shell and access on two floors with full visibility and public access.
The building is on a frequently traveled public road and is easily accessible by local residents.
The existing site was overgrown and had poor drainage capability. The new structure has a series of bio swales to filter all run off which then flows into a local river.
Storm water flows into a bio swale, as does all ground water picked up by foundation drains. There is zero site run off.
The design meets the “pretty good house” model which approaches passive house energy models. Exterior materials have low maintenance needs.
The building shell is insluated, as is the foundation and lower floor slab. Windows are passive house triple glazed. During and after construction, blower tests were completed and met passive design standards. The mechanical system was designed to address occupancy and daily use.
The building has no VOC materials on the interior, low VOC materials on the exterior, and a high-perfomance makeup air system.
Many materials were locally sourced.
The design meets the long-term growth needs for the community and provides options for a regional approach to law enforcement.
A yearly review will be conducted by the architect of record to monitor performance and fine tune systems.
MEP/FP Petersen Engineering
Site Design Civil Consultants
Year Completed 2019