CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 31, 2022) – The City of Charlotte received LEED Silver and Gold certifications for three recently completed Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) facilities in the Central, South and University City Divisions.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) was created by the U.S. Green Building Council and is the world's most widely used green building rating system. CMPD Central Division and the South Division received LEED Silver certification and CMPD University City Division received LEED Gold certification.
"Our newly certified LEED facilities will accommodate the current and future needs of CMPD and further advance the city's sustainability goals," said Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles. "These achievements mean we truly are setting the example for a low-carbon and resilient future while increasing the quality of life for all Charlotte residents."
LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability, achievement and leadership and LEED-certified buildings save money, improve efficiency, lower carbon emissions and create healthier places for people.
"It's critical for CMPD to be on the cutting edge when it comes to our facilities," said CMPD Police Chief Johnny Jennings. "Employee wellness is a CORE 4 strategic priority for the department. Our state-of-the-art LEED-certified facilities feature healthy and cost-saving green technology to make sure we're providing the best possible workplaces for our employees."
CMPD South Division, located at 11217 Providence Road West, was completed in February 2021. The 16,000 square foot facility achieved higher levels of indoor water use reduction (greater than 32%) using low-flush and low-flow fixtures. In addition, the project design team was dedicated to providing outdoor views, ultimately demonstrating quality views for more than 88% of occupied spaces and providing building occupants a connection to the natural outdoor environment.
CMPD Central Division, located at 700 West Fifth Street, was completed in June 2020 and received LEED Silver certification. The three-story facility has an attached four-level parking deck and was built on a previously developed site in a dense urban setting within a priority development area. Building occupants and visitors have access to various neighborhood amenities and quality public transit. Bicycle facilities and electric vehicle charging stations further incentivize alternative modes of transportation to and from the facility.
CMPD University City Division, located at 8452 North Tryon Street, was completed in April 2020 and received LEED Gold certification. Sustainable design elements included access to transit, bicycle facilities, green vehicle parking, electric vehicle charging stations, green cleaning and integrated pest management policy, a rooftop solar photovoltaic energy system and white membrane roof, an optimized mechanical system for energy performance, low emitting materials, interior lighting controls and low-flow water fixtures. The total energy cost savings will be greater than 59%, resulting in an economic benefit to the city and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.