Published on December 1st, 2013 | by UC&D Magazine0
UC&D 2013 Project Of The Year
SLC Public Safety Building
Owner: SLC Corporation
Architect: GSBS Architects / MWL Architects
GC: Okland Construction
Project Management: MOCA Systems
Civil: Stanley Consultants
Electrical: Spectrum Engineers
Mechanical: Colvin Engineering
Structural: Dunn Associates
It’s hard to put into context the importance of the $125 million, state-of-the-art Salt Lake City Public Safety Building. This stunning facility houses SLC’s Police and Fire Departments, central dispatch, an Emergency Operations Center, and high-tech media/communications facilities. It is aiming for LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Beyond its dynamic aesthetics and overall design, the building is aiming to be the only public safety building in the nation to be a certified NetZero building, aided by on site solar PV panels that are placed in a flowing solar canopy that
extends over the entrance and much of the plaza. An on-site solar farm will also contribute energy to the building.
Design highlights include a sweeping glass façade that curves around a landscaped public entry plaza and festival space. The concave glass curtain wall leans back as it rises, canting one way and then another and sloping from one wing to the other. Mechanical systems include high-efficiency radiant heating/cooling tubes in the floors and solar water heating equipment on the roof. A chilled beam convection HVAC system in the ceiling also helps reduce energy consumption.
The design capitalizes on daylighting with window louvers to direct sunlight. Designers also specified the use of high-efficiency lighting with automatic controls, low-VOC materials, reflective roofing materials, low-flow plumbing fixtures, locally-produced materials, and materials with high recycled content. The building is designed structurally to be blast resistant and also withstand a 7.5 magnitude earthquake.