McCree Completes First LEED-GOLD Fire Station in the State of Florida
Orlando, Fla. – Designed and built by McCree General Contractors & Architects as an eco-friendly prototype for five City of Orlando fire stations, Fire Station #7 was recently recognized as Florida’s first LEED-Gold station. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a U.S. Green Building Council accreditation registration. Gold represents one of the highest levels of certification awarded.
“Receiving a LEED-Gold certification is an honor,” said Richard McCree Jr., CEO/President of the design-build firm. “We design our structures to co-exist with local ecosystems and reflect the forward-thinking, environmentally conscious mentality of the people of Orlando.”
The 11,530-square-foot facility is equipped with offices, a classroom, triage area, medical equipment storage room, bunkrooms, exercise area, showers, dayroom, and full-scale commercial kitchen. The drive-through apparatus bays can handle any of the City’s vehicles for added flexibility in citywide emergencies. The station will also serve as an emergency command post during hurricanes, which required the structural design to exceed building code minimums.
Fire Station #7 has low-flow plumbing fixtures and shower heads, a weather-station irrigation controller and drip irrigation maximized water efficiency. Carbon dioxide monitors, low odor-emitting paints and other materials provide a healthier atmosphere for firefighters. High-efficiency air-conditioning and electrical fixtures make it 18 percent more energy efficient than most new buildings. The majority of construction materials had a high recycled content, and 97 percent of the construction waste was recycled.
“We are proud to be leading the state in the construction of LEED-certified fire stations,” stated Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “With the expertise of McCree Construction, we have completed five stations and now the first LEED-Gold Fire Station in Florida.”