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LEED Certification Ceremony for Highland Fire Station

Post Date:06/10/2014 5:06 PM

(originally posted October 2012) 

The Town of Arlington held a small ceremony to celebrate the Highland Fire Station’s award of LEED® Silver established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).  LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

“The entire Town should be proud at this achievement,” said Arlington Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine .  “This is a milestone for Arlington and credit should go to the citizens who pushed for responsible stewardship of our resources and in 2003 passing one of the first laws in the country  seeking LEED certification of public construction.”

“We are very pleased to be part of the first LEED certified building the Town of Arlington has completed.  It is truly and exiting day,” said, Jeff Shaw, Principal of Donham & Sweeney Architects, the project’s architect.  “Not only was this an important project for the Town but it was a high priority for our firm, as they became our first client to actively pursue certification.”

The Highland Station achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED certified building save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

“The green building movement offers an unprecedented opportunity to respond to the most-important challenges of our time, including global climate change, dependence on non-sustainable and expensive sources of energy and threats to human health,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council.

The Highland Fire Station’s sustainable design features and practices include:

  • Re-use of the existing site and building (over 75%) rather than building on virgin soil
  • Accommodations provided for bicycle, low emitting and fuel efficient vehicle commuting
  • Over 90% of construction waste recycled or repurposed
  • Controls implemented to prevent pollution from construction activities
  • Commissioned the building systems to reduce installation error and confirm design goals
  • Followed the prescriptive measures of the Advanced Buildings Core Performance program to achieve a high level of energy efficient design 
  • Building systems designed and constructed to achieve a high level of indoor air quality 
  • Decreased storm water runoff by more than 36% and landscaped to avoid use of irrigation
  • Decreased water usage by more than 46% over baseline construction 
  • Minimized all refrigerant use in building systems and prevented any use of CFC-refrigerants
  • Low-emitting materials selected to included low or no VOCs and no added Urea-Formaldehyde
  • Over 22% of building materials included recycled content
  • Provided recycling facilities within the building and on site
  • Over 94% of the building maintains views to the exterior
  • Implemented a green housekeeping program


The Permanent Town Building Committee members who oversaw the project included:  John Cole, Chair, Fire Chief Robert Jefferson, Michael Boujoulian, Jeff Thielman, Robert Juusola, Mark Miano, Suzanne Robinson, Jeffrey Thielman and the late Bill Shea.

Owner’s Project Manager & Clerk of the Works: PMA Consultants

Design team: Donham & Sweeney, Architects, Beals and Thomas Civil Engineers, Roome & Guarrancino Structural Engineers, Zade Company MEP Engineers, Will-Spec Specification Consultants and A.M. Fogarty Cost Estimator

General Contractor: Castagna Construction

Commission Agent: RFS Engineering

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