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Charlottesville's Fontaine Fire Station Awarded Prestigious LEED Platinum Environmental Certification

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has recognized Fontaine Fire Station with its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) designation at the Platinum level.

The Fontaine Fire Station No.10, the first new fire and rescue station built for the Charlottesville Fire Department in over 50 years, was placed into service in January 2014.  It's a four-bay, bi-directional station; with a net floor area of 40,922 sf; including 14 individual sleeping rooms, three bunk-style rooms, and 32 below-grade parking spaces. Additionally, the facility provides built-in mechanisms for firefighters to train in-station.  Over 12,000 sf, including a 40-seat training & community room, is dedicated to training. 

LEED LogoThe station was designed and constructed following the guidelines of the US Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)  to achieve a LEED Platinum rating. The LEED Green Building Rating System™ is a nationally accepted benchmark for evaluating sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere efficiency, material and resource selection and indoor environmental quality, and consists of four ratings - platinum being the highest. 

Green Building Features:

  • Site is located within 1/2 mile of ten basic community services and several residential districts
  • Served by two public bus lines within 1/4 mile walking distance
  • Amenities provided to encourage use of bicycles as alternate transportation
  • Charging stations for electric vehicles
  • Two biofilters and 20,000 gallon rainwater harvesting systems in place for stormwater management
  • Drought tolerant landscaping requiring no irrigation
  • High albedo (highly reflective) materials minimize heat island effect
  • 92% construction debris diverted from the landfill
  • 28% of total building materials, by value, manufactured using recycled materials
  • 24% of total building materials, by value, manufactured and extracted within 500 miles of the project site
  • Low or no VOC-emitting construction materials and finishes used throughout the project
  • 51% potable water use reduction from baseline by using low flow fixtures and on-site captured rainwater (cistern) for toilet flushing and washing of fire apparatus
  • Efficient standing column well geothermal heating and cooling system; CO2 controlled, dedicated ventilation
  • Tankless domestic water heating system
  • Extensive natural lighting throughout the facility, supplemented by 24 solar tubes
  • On-site renewable energy production with a 17.7 kW photovoltaic (PV) roof-mounted system
  • LED light fixtures coupled with occupancy censors used throughout the facility
  • Modeled energy cost savings of 48%

Fontaine Fire Station Lobby

Fontaine Fire Station Exterior

Fontaine Fire Station Exterior 2

Fontaine Fire Station Training Room

Fontaine Fire Station Solar Panels Fontaine Fire Station Bay Fleet

 

Owner: City of Charlottesville
Architect: LeMay Erickson Willcox; Reston, VA