SPS Headquarters Awarded LEED Silver Certification

The Saskatoon Police Service is proud to announce that the design of the new Headquarters building has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) certification.

In partnership with aodbt architecture + interior design and the City of Saskatoon, a submission package was provided to the Canada Green Building Council for LEED certification review. In March 2016, the report came back certifying the building with “Silver” status, a level higher than what was mandated by the City.

LEED is a points-based system that is recognized as the international mark of excellence for green buildings in 150 countries. It takes into consideration the sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.

Some of the highlights include;

  • An open concept design that maximizes the use of natural sunlight to reduce lighting loads and encourage healthy, productive and sustainable workspaces for employees.
  • Heated underground parking for patrol vehicles eliminates the need for vehicles to remain running in the winter to keep equipment inside functioning, lessening the amount of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The building’s multi-story design prevents sprawled development and results in system consolidation – if developed over a single storey, the building would have spanned the length of 4 football fields.
  • Traditionally, a building of this size would use 9 million litres of water per year. With water saving fixtures, the new Headquarters is 35% more water efficient, resulting in 5 million litres of water saved.

According to the Canada Green Building Council, buildings generate 35% of all greenhouse gas emissions. It is clear that making buildings greener can have a significant impact on larger environmental goals. The new Headquarters’ energy performance is 53% better than a standard building of its size, which contributes to an overall reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as well as operational cost savings.

“We’re thrilled to achieve LEED Certification in a category above what we had hoped for. Throughout the entire design and construction phases, emphasis was put on employees’ wellbeing and making sure the building was welcoming to the community; it certainly hasn’t disappointed.” – D/C Bernie Pannell, Saskatoon Police Service

“Achieving LEED certification requires an integrated, creative, and sensible approach from all project team members. We would like to thank the entire team for their hard work and dedication throughout the design, the construction, and the LEED certification process. It was a pleasure to play a role in delivering a truly state-of-the-art facility that will serve the Saskatoon Police Service for years to come.” – Louis Aussant, Architect, aodbt architecture + interior design