UMass Police Station

UMass Police Station

Officially recieved a LEED GOLD Certification (V2.2) as of May 2012

Project Overview

Target LEED Certification: V2.2 GOLD
Completed:  Summer 2011
Architect/Engineer: Caolo & Bieniek Associates, Inc.
Project Manager: Joseph Balzano

Project Purpose

This newly-opened 27,130 square foot complex serves as the new home of the 75-member UMass Police Department.  The facility will include an inviting, approachable structure for visitors and everyday users, while maintaining the level of security required for a police facility.  The building in designed to operate 24 hours per day, seven days a week, providing all patrol, investigation, specialized and emergency response, as well as crime prevention and educational services at the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus.

Sustainability Features

A renewable energy approach to the heating and cooling system with the use of a distributed ground source heat pump system fed from vertical closed-loop wells adjacent to the building.

Mechanical ventilation will be provided via a dedicated outside air unit utilizing an enthalpy wheel for energy recovery.

The HVAC system will also utilize demand-control technologies to further reduce energy consumption during periods of time when portions of the building are unoccupied.

All mechanical and plumbing equipment and pumps will be equipped with variable frequency drives.
The lighting design for the building will utilize energy-efficient lighting levels, occupancy sensors, and daylight dimming controls.

The building envelope included increased insulation values and all windows and entry doors are being designed with enhanced thermally broken and insulated glazing systems.

The project includes water efficiency measures with the use of low-flow plumbing fixtures.
The construction activities for the new facility will incorporate a waste management plan to recycle and/or salvage at least 75% of non-hazardous construction and demolition components as well as incorporating a space within the building for storage, sorting, and collecting of recyclables.

The project is seeking to have at least 10% of the construction materials made from recycled content as well as 10% of the materials coming from regional sources within 500 miles of the site.
The project will utilize construction materials that minimize the impact on indoor air quality during construction, in addition to the time before and after occupancy, with selection of low (VOC) emitting materials.
Overall the new facility is projected through energy modeling to realize an annual energy savings of 49.4% over comparable buildings.

The UMass Amherst Police Station exterior with an officer near the entrance.