Orange County Sheriff Office Sector II Building Receives LEED® Silver Certification
First LEED® Silver Certified Law Enforcement Facility for Orange County
Orange County’s 24,356 square foot Sheriff Office Sector II building, designed by Architects Design Group, has achieved LEED® Silver certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
The new $4 million building, located on Lake Underhill Road in Orlando, is the first law enforcement facility in Orange County to be LEED Silver certified and the third LEED certified building for Orange County.
The Sheriff Office Sector II sub-station achieved LEED Silver certification for low energy use, innovative lighting, water conservation and recycled building material use; as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. “By using less energy and water, this LEED certified building will save money for taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents and workers in the community,” said ADG Senior Vice President Kevin Ratigan.
LEED Silver certification was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. Features include:
- Alternative Transportation: Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
- Stormwater Management Plan: Captures and treats the stormwater runoff from 90% of the average annual rainfall.
- Heat Island Effect: 55% of the building and site surfaces utilize highly reflective materials to reduce heat absorption.
- Water Efficient Landscaping: Plant materials selection with an irrigation system that reduces potable water consumption by 99%
- Water Use Reduction: Reduced potable water by 40% by the use of low flow water lavatory valves.
- Optimized Energy Performance: Cost savings of 15.8% incorporating reduced lighting power density, occupancy sensors, and high efficiency glazing.
- Storage and Collection of Recyclables: Use of dedicated areas for collection and storage of recycling materials.
- Construction Waste Management: The project diverted 152.77 tons of on-site generated construction waste from a landfill to recycling agencies.
Architects Design Group has designed more than 2 million square feet of law enforcement facilities throughout the nation, and currently has several projects submitted for LEED certification including the Deltona Fire Station #65, the Greene County/Springfield Public Safety Complex, and the Charleston County EOC and 911 Call Center.
Architects Design Group Selected for Georgetown Texas Public Safety Operations and Training Facility
New Public Safety and Training Facility Scheduled to Open 2014
Georgetown, Texas (April 11, 2012) – Nationally recognized public safety architects Architects Design Group (ADG), in association with KAHickman Architects and Interior Designers, was recently selected for the programming, master plan and design of the new 70,000 sq. ft. Public Safety Operations and Training Facility in Georgetown, TX.
The Police Department and Fire Administration have outgrown current facilities which do not include adequate space requirements for offices, training, parking, conference rooms, and storage. In 2003, the City Council identified the Police Department and Fire Administration as five-year capital improvements in the City Facilities Plan.
Currently, most police operations are housed in a 100-year-old building that was originally constructed as the Georgetown Light and Water Works facility. Police Department operations are split into three buildings with a total of 18,000 sq. ft. Fire Administration is currently housed in a 8,200 sq. ft. facility nearly 120 years old that has served several other functions including the City’s first fire station, City Hall, jail, and Water Department.
The new Public Safety Operations and Training Facility is being designed to meet current and future needs through 2030. In addition to administration offices and training classrooms, the new facility will include several specialized areas including a Communications/Emergency Operations Center, Evidence Processing and Storage, Criminal Investigation Interview and Processing, Crime Lab, Outdoor Firing Range, and Obstacle Training Course.
Construction is scheduled to be completed by April 2014.
Design completed for new Lake County Emergency Operations and Consolidated Dispatch Center
New EOC and Consolidated Dispatch designed to withstand a Category 5 Hurricane
Tavares, FL (March 5, 2012) – Architects Design Group (ADG), headquartered in Winter Park, Florida announced the firm has completed the design of the $6.3 million, 26,200 square foot Lake County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Consolidated Dispatch Center.
The structure is designed to withstand significant natural forces with redundant critical systems in order to ensure facility survivability. Survivable building strategies included reinforced concrete walls and roof envelope systems designed to withstand sustained wind forces up to 160 mph. The building floor is elevated to protect the facility above the 500 year flood plain, and Home Land Security strategies were implemented to protect the facility with vehicular setbacks, CCTV surveillance cameras, and technology advanced door access systems.
ADG designed this joint-use facility to accommodate the Communications Department for the Sheriff, Fire and EMS as well as the Department of Emergency Management. The EOC portion of the facility contains an Incident Command Center with associated “break out” rooms, food service facilities, dormitories, and offices/conference areas for elected officials. ADG also assisted the County with hurricane hardening of the Central Energy Plant that will provide chilled water for HVAC.
The County’s current EOC is located on the second floor of the County Administration Building, but was never designed as a permanent EOC facility. Deficiencies include its size, an exterior envelope which may not withstand a natural disaster, insufficient space to accommodate emergency personnel for an extended time, lack of appropriate technology, and no back-up or redundant systems in the event of utility failure.
“It's imperative that public safety responders have the facility, tools and resources necessary to protect the community. The new hardened facility combines all the County’s dispatchers in one facility with Emergency Management officials, and will ensure safe, secure and survivable operations against natural or manmade disasters." said Architects Design Group Sr. Vice President and Project Architect Kevin Ratigan.
The County Commission approved the project for construction on Tuesday, February 28. The project is scheduled to be completed in one year.
SCAT Cattlemen Bus Transfer Station Completed
Sarasota, FL (February 15, 2012) – Architects Design Group (ADG), as associate architect to FleischmanGarcia Architecture, announced the team has completed the $2.2 million Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) Cattlemen Bus Transfer Station.
The new bus transfer station, which opened on January 23, will accommodate the expansion of SCAT’s services as well as the increasing needs of its transit-dependent community.
Located just north of the Sarasota County Government Cattlemen Complex off of Cattlemen Road and Bahia Vista Street, the new station includes six bays that can accommodate SCAT’s 29- and 35-foot buses, as well as its new 40-foot Express buses. The station also includes a separate area for small paratransit buses.
Offering patrons and staff several conveniences, the new station includes a covered platform, restroom facilities, a lounge for bus operators and supervisors, a station manager office, and electronic signage to direct riders to their buses. Electronic ticketing and security cameras are being installed.
“Green design was very important to SCAT,” said associate architect Kevin Ratigan. “The station was designed for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification with the U.S. Green Building Council. Sustainable features include highly reflective roofing, low water consumption plumbing fixtures, energy efficient lighting, and water efficient landscaping.
Architects Design Group Selected for Jacksonville Alabama Public Safety and Municipal Complex
Jacksonville, Alabama (February 1, 2012) - Architects Design Group (ADG), in association with McElrath & Oliver Architects, was recently selected for the design of the City’s new Public Safety and Municipal Complex.
New Public Safety Complex will be designed to withstand an E5 tornado
The City’s current Police Headquarters was built in 1934 and is in need of costly renovations and repairs. The Police, Fire and Municipal Court facilities do not meet national standards for working conditions and operational capacity. The facilities are also overcrowded, which create a security risk for City staff as well as inmates, and evidence. In addition, the facilities are inadequate to provide emergency preparedness and response during a manmade or natural disaster.
ADG recently completed the detailed spatial needs assessment and master plan documents for the new complex, including how the phased development approach will be implemented. Phase one will include 46,879 square feet for the Fire Department, Police Department, Municipal Jail, and Municipal Court as well as an additional 13,466 square feet for the City Hall. In addition, ADG specializes in assisting government agencies in locating grant funding for critical facilities, and assisted the City with a FEMA grant application for $610,000 to use the Municipal Court as a Community Safe Room.
Located in “Tornado Alley” with a real threat of a direct hit from a major tornado, the new complex will be designed to withstand tornados and sustained wind loads greater than 200 mph. “It's imperative that public safety responders have the facility, tools and resources necessary to protect the community. "Nothing is more critical for a community's public safety than a functional and survivable facility," said Architects Design Group President Ian Reeves.
Architects Design Group Selected for Hillsborough County Public Safety Operations Complex
New Public Safety Complex will be designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane
Tampa, Florida (February 1, 2012) - Architects Design Group (ADG), in association with FleischmanGarcia, was recently selected for the design and construction administration of the County’s new Public Safety Complex.
The County’s current 18,000 square-foot Emergency Operations Center is more than 20 years old and is too small to accommodate emergency responders during a significant natural or man-made disaster. In addition, the current facility was only designed to withstand a Category 2 hurricane with wind loads up to 110 mph.
The new facility, tentatively proposed to be located off of Columbus Drive between Falkenburg Road and U.S. 301, is projected to be between 72,500 square feet and cover more than 20 acres. Also included is 29,000 square feet of auxiliary buildings. The complex will consolidate various County functions such as Fire Rescue Headquarters, Fire Rescue Training, Emergency Operations, Emergency Dispatch, Traffic Management, Information Technology, and Code Enforcement.
Located on the west coast of Florida with a real threat of a direct hit from a major hurricane, the new buildings will be designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane and sustained wind loads greater than 155 mph. “The community depends on emergency responders to prepare for and provide response, mitigation, and recovery from emergency incidents,” said Architects Design Group President Ian Reeves. “Disaster situations change continuously and we design these specialized facilities and operations to be survivable in order help the community when they otherwise can’t help themselves,” noted Reeves.
Construction is scheduled to be completed when the 2013 hurricane season begins.
ADG Selected for Brevard County EOC Needs Assessment and Conceptual Design
The new EOC will be a multi-agency coordination center capable of facilitating agency coordination and decision making during a natural or man-made disaster
Viera, Florida (December 8, 2011) – Architects Design Group (ADG) was recently selected as the Architect of Record for the Needs Assessment and Conceptual Design of the new Brevard County Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
ADG’s responsibilities will include developing a Detailed Space Needs Assessment and Conceptual Design for a new facility planned to house up to 140 staff.
The new EOC will be a multi-agency coordination center including Emergency Operations, Sheriff’s Dispatch and Fire Rescue Dispatch, and will help facilitate agency coordination and decision making during a natural or man-made disaster. It will be designed to stringent hurricane safety requirements of International Code Council (ICC) requirements, Category 5 storm surge, and self sustaining for 72 hours without outside sources of water and electric.
The significance of a new EOC in Brevard County can’t be understated. Brevard County is a coastal community that experiences severe flooding and tornados during major storms, and in the past 20 years four major hurricanes have significantly affected Brevard County. In addition, the existing EOC was built in 1962 and renovated in 1997. It currently lacks adequate space for staff and its technology systems and construction/storm hardening is inadequate for its functional needs.
“These facts demonstrate the critical importance the new EOC will play in Brevard County’s community,” noted Kevin Ratigan, Project Architect and ADG Senior Vice President. “ADG is pleased to have been selected for the programming and conceptual design of this new facility.”
Greene County, Missouri’s new Public Safety Center designed to withstand tornadoes
New Emergency Operations Center will help coordinate federal, state and local response agencies during a disaster
Springfield, MO (November 30, 2011) – Springfield, Missouri, is only 73 miles from Joplin, where a deadly EF-5 tornado killed 162 people earlier this year. Although it is difficult to know when and where one of these deadly tornadoes will hit, Springfield and the surrounding communities can be comforted knowing their community’s new emergency operations and communication center is built to survive manmade and natural disasters, including EF-5 tornadoes - a category reserved for only the fiercest and most devastating of tornadoes.
Greene County’s Public Safety Center is designed to withstand 250-MPH wind speeds in order to protect mission critical systems, including the Springfield-Greene County 9-1-1 Communications Center and the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management. In order to harden the facility for survivability, the design team used heavy steel, 8 to 16-inch solid concrete walls, a foundation that is secured to solid rock, and redundant water and power systems. In addition, the 10,000 square-foot Emergency Operations Center, which is used to collect and disseminate information and resources during a disaster, is located in the basement of the Center.
Ryan Nicholls, Director of the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management, said it's imperative for emergency responders and disaster operations to be protected from hazards that disrupt the rest of the community. "Nothing is more critical for a community's disaster resiliency than a functional emergency operations center," said Nicholls.
National Emergency Operations Center design experts Architects Design Group, in association with local architect Pellham Phillips Architects Engineers, designed the facility, and are working closely with the construction manager, DeWitt &Associates, Inc. This facility will be the first of its kind in Missouri.
“The community depends on emergency responders to prepare for and provide response, mitigation, and recovery from emergency incidents,” said Architects Design Group President Ian Reeves. “Disaster situations change continuously and we design these specialized facilities and operations to be survivable in order help the community when they otherwise can’t help themselves,” noted Reeves.
The Emergency Operations Center will be used to help coordinate federal, state and local response agencies during a disaster. The building will also serve as a regional coordination center for disaster response in southwest Missouri.
Construction of the 56,000 square-foot facility began in December 2010, and is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2012, prior to the peak months for tornadoes in the Midwest – April, May and June. The energy-efficient building features a green roof and is designed to obtain LEED certification.
Architects Design Group Helps Bring World Trade Center Artifact to the City of Sarasota Police Department
Sarasota, FL (September 13, 2011) –
The City of Sarasota, Sarasota Police Department, Architects Design Group, and hundreds of citizens came together to attend the dedication of a World Trade Center (WTC) memorial on Sunday, September 11th at the Sarasota Police Department.
The center piece of the memorial is a 14.5-foot, 2,500 pound steel beam which is a remnant of Tower #2 from the WTC after the twin towers collapsed in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. This is a memorial to the First Responders who lost their lives while saving others. Four hundred three police and fire fighters died making the evacuation a success. The WTC metal sits on a concrete pedestal in the entry plaza to the Sarasota Police Department.
The WTC artifact was donated to the Sarasota Police Department by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Architects Design Group, who designed the new six-story, 200,000 SF Sarasota Police Headquarters, took the lead in organizing all private sector entities who contributed their services pro-bono to make this memorial a reality for the City of Sarasota.
Architects Design Group, and several other consultants, worked for more than a year and a half on the design, engineering, preparation and placement services for the WTC artifact. “I have had the opportunity to spearhead the effort to reach out to our engineers and into the local Sarasota community to solicit qualified expertise in making this vision become a reality for our friends at the Sarasota Police Department and the City. We at ADG want to thank everyone who participated in this effort; it was a long time coming but will always be there,” said Architects Design Group President Ian Reeves.
Architects Design Group Designs Orange County Sheriff Sector II Building
Orlando, FL (September 1, 2011) –
Architects Design Group (ADG), headquartered in Winter Park, announced the firm has completed the $3.8 million, 23,000 square foot Orange County Sheriff’s Office Sector II Building.
The 24/7 facility houses the Sheriff’s Office, including space for Investigative Services/Detectives, Operations/Patrol, Agricultural and Marine Patrol, and specialized units including Tactical Motor Patrol Command. The building is designed to resist a Category-4 Hurricane and also includes a physical agility room, training room, briefing room, and a vehicle sallyport. The emergency generator provides redundant power supply for the entire facility and for all functions of the building making it survivable for a minimum of 48 hours of operations.
ADG designed the facility for LEEDâ Silver Certification. Energy conservation of 24.5 percent will be achieved with the energy reducing building envelope design and hot water generation from a heat exchanger on the specialty air conditioning system. Interior electrical lighting demand will be reduced by the use of over 30 Solatubes throughout the building to provide natural lighting to the inner core areas. In addition, it is estimated that 75 percent of the construction waste was diverted from the landfill, and many of the construction materials used in the building are recycled materials and/or regionally manufactured.
Architects Design Group CEO Receives AIA Orlando Medal of Honor
Winter Park, Florida (July 25, 2011) –
Architects Design Group (ADG) Chief Executive Officer, I.S.K. Reeves, V, FAIA, received the “Medal of Honor” from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Orlando Chapter.
I.S.K. Reeves, V, FAIA was honored with the “Medal of Honor” for his distinguished 44-year career, during which he has consistently devoted his efforts towards the advancement of the profession as well as serving as a genuinely passionate advocate for the value of design excellence.
Mr. Reeves founded ADG in 1971, and since that time has been actively involved in numerous professional associations, including being elected as a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) and serving on the AIA National Committee on Architecture for Justice. He has been honored with several awards of design excellence as well as receiving the AIA Orlando Nils M. Schweizer Community Service Award. Under Mr. Reeves’ leadership, ADG received the AIA Orlando Firm of the Year Award, AIA Florida Firm of the Year Award and several national, state and local design excellence awards for projects designed throughout the U.S.
Architects Design Group Designs Sunrise Public Safety Complex
Sunrise, FL (July 22, 2011)–
Architects Design Group (ADG), headquartered in Winter Park, announced the firm has completed the $32.5 million, 133,000 square foot Public Safety Complex for the City of Sunrise, Florida.
The complex, which combines the Sunrise Police Department, Fire Rescue Administration and Training, Joint-Use Broward County/City of Sunrise 911 Communications Center, Emergency Operations Center, M.I.S. Data Center, and an indoor eight-lane Firing Range into a five-story state-of-the-art facility, celebrated its grand opening on June 4, 2011. Attendees included elected officials, city officials, ADG, the construction management team of Stiles Construction, and over 200 city residents.
ADG designed the complex to include all the necessary elements for a fully functioning police department; vehicle evidence processing, emergency services unit vehicle storage and a drive through sallyport, serving the multiple-cell holding facility. Adjacent to the Public Safety facility is a four-bay station and a centralized energy plant.
The structure is designed to withstand wind speeds of 160 mph, with 100 percent mechanical and electrical redundancy to all critical infrastructure to ensure the complex remains operational before, during and after a natural or manmade disaster.
In addition, ADG designed the complex with “green” principles in mind, including the use of water cooled chillers, a high performance exterior façade, high efficiency light fixtures, light sensors, WaterStar compliant plumbing fixtures, reflective roofing, Low VOC materials, recycled materials, and the use of regional materials.
Architects Design Group Designs Okeechobee County Emergency Operations Center
Winter Park, FL (July 15, 2011) –
Architects Design Group (ADG), headquartered in Winter Park, announced the firm has completed the $3.6 million, 14,500 square foot Okeechobee County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and 911 Communications Center.
The structure is designed to withstand significant natural forces with redundant critical systems, in order to ensure facility survivability. Survivable building strategies included reinforced concrete walls and roof envelope systems designed to sustained wind forces up to 175 mph. The building floor is elevated to protect the facility for a 500 year flood, and Home Land Security strategies were implemented to protect the facility with vehicular barriers, CCTV surveillance cameras, intercom stations and technology advance door access systems.
ADG designed this joint-use facility to accommodate the Communications Department for the Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Emergency Management. The EOC portion of the facility contains an Incident Command Center with associated “break out” rooms, food service facilities, dormitories, and offices/conference areas for elected officials. ADG also assisted the County in acquiring more than $1.75 million in grant funding for the project.
The EOC/911 Center celebrated its grand opening on June 3, 2011. Several local dignitaries attended this special event, including Ms. Bobi O’Neal, wife of the original EOC Director who made recommendations to the County to build the facility. Ms. O’Neal received a posthumous award for Mr. Gene O’Neal’s life of service and dedication to the Okeechobee County community, and the Incident Command Center of this facility was named after O’Neal. Other attendees included County Commissioners Ray Domer, Bryant H. Culpepper, Joey Hoover, and Margaret Garrard Helton, and the General Contractor team Brooks & Freund.
Architects Design Group Selected for Horry County Emergency Operations Center
Winter Park, Florida (June 22, 2011) –
Architects Design Group (ADG), with Myrtle Beach associate architect Pike‐McFarland‐Hall Architects, was recently selected as the architect for the detailed spatial needs assessment of the Horry County Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
ADG’s responsibilities will include programming and determination of the facility site area requirements for a new EOC that will consolidate the County’s Emergency Operations and Emergency Management departments into a single facility. The facility will include a Regional Information Sharing System Center, Information Technology/GIS, Emergency 911 Telecommunications and a future 311 Information Call Center. There has also been discussion of consolidating dispatch with nearby counties.
Currently the two departments are housed in different buildings that are outdated and do not meet the current and future requirements for the County.
The services to be performed include a Spatial Needs Assessment and Programming with an analysis of the current facility as well as a study for a new facility which will evaluate future population, department staffing and size, feasibility and site selection. Tasks will also include Preliminary Design and Preliminary Budget Cost Estimate.
Architects Design Group Selected for Design of New City of Clermont Police Department Headquarters
Clermont, Florida (June 10, 2010) -
Architects Design Group, Inc. (ADG) was recently selected as architects for the new Clermont Police Department Headquarters. ADG's responsibilities will include development of a spatial needs assessment, master planning, site analysis of current Police Headquarters property, and the design of the new Police Headquarters facility. GatorSktch Architects from Clermont will assist with the construction phase services on the project.
The new Police Headquarters will provide the Clermont Police Department with the much needed room to improve services and safety, and provide room for the increase in staff since the original facility was built in 1990s. The current 7,000 SF facility was built for around 25 officers and today has almost three times the number of officers. As well, Clermont's population has increased by 144 percent since 2000.
The new facility will include a new secure sallyport, inmate holding area, specialized property and evidence storage areas, and technologically advanced communications.
Architects Design Group Selected as Architect for New City of Oviedo Police Department Headquarters
Oviedo, Florida (June 8, 2010) -
Architects Design Group, Inc. (ADG) was recently selected as the architect for the new Oviedo Police Department Headquarters. The new facility will be located on City owned property near Lockwood Boulevard and Evans Street. ADG's responsibilities will include updating the Spatial Needs Assessment, Master Planning; Site Analyses for City owned properties, and Design of the new Police Headquarters facility to meet current and future space needs.
The new Police Headquarters facility will replace the existing Police Headquarters which is currently at capacity and cannot be expanded to provide for future space needs. The new facility will incorporate sustainable (green) design strategies and state-of-art law enforcement communication elements including advanced technology, multi-level security systems, and enhanced community policy accommodations.
Architects Design Group Receives Awards from AIA - Orlando Chapter
Winter Park, Florida (March 16, 2010) -
Architects Design Group, Inc. (ADG) received the "Design Excellence Award" and a "Merit Award" from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Orlando Chapter at its 2010 Awards for Design Excellence Gala Saturday, March 13, at the Country Club of Orlando. The Design Excellence Awards is a prestigious competition held annually by the AIA Orlando Chapter to recognize excellence in architectural design for projects designed by Central Florida architects. ADG was honored with the "Design Excellence Award" for its conceptual design of the Chupco Landing Community Center. The 25,000 sq. ft. facility was designed to have reflections of the Seminole Tribe's past, including a Cultural Artifact Gallery that weaves together a series of indoor and outdoor community spaces and programmatic functions such as the gym, pool, classrooms, and fitness area.
ADG also received an "Award of Merit" for its design of the New Port Richey Public Works Complex. The 25,000 sq. ft. facility design was a transformation of a utilitarian building type through the use of color, sustainable design strategies, context, and ecology into a humanistic workplace. ADG submitted the Chupco Landing Community Center in the un-built category and the New Port Richey Public Works Complex project in the built category. The 3-member jury selected ADG for both award honors out of more than 50 award entries. The projects are judged on their innovative design solutions, site opportunities, construction techniques, sustainable design, and design excellence.