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Feature Douglas County Incorporates Sustainable Design into Plans for the New Adult Detention and Law Enforcement Center Douglas County officials recently broke ground on a new Adult Detention and Law Enforcement Center that was designed with the goal of becoming Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certified. Learn how investments in design to incorporate sustainability will result in future cost savings. C By Gary Retel onstruction is under way on a new Adult Detention and Law Enforcement Center in Douglas County. The county is building this 498,000 square foot mid-rise facility on a previously developed site in a busy area in the city of Douglasville. It was designed to fit into the county’s master plan for the site, which includes up to 600,000 square feet of additional office space with associated parking for 2,400 vehicles, a public video visitation center, a work release dormitory and a 911 facility. Future expansion of 750 beds and an indoor firing range also are envisioned. Even with accommodation for sensitive security functions, such as meeting security requirements within the building perimeter without the use of fencing, the overall effect of the design is one of an upscale office building within a suburban office park rather than that of a typical county jail. The parking and approach drives are nicely landscaped to create a park-like setting and to buffer views from adjacent Interstate 20. Most importantly, the facility is on track to achieve LEED certification. This designation, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, recognizes facilities that incorporate considerations such as energy savings, water efficiency, improved indoor quality and stewardship of resources into construction. It is the first new large detention center in the State of Georgia to attempt this recognition, a considerable achievement for a facility that is slated to be built for less than $200 per square foot. In many regards, the design is a return to the basics of sustainability. Douglas County made the highest form of sustainable decision by utilizing a previously developed site within the city of Douglasville, enabling the facility to have an inherent connection to the community. So often, new facilities are built on previously undeveloped sites. The decision to redevelop a site within the city is one of the greatest determining factors in the project achieving LEED eligibility. Another key element in the sustainable design is the decision to orient the building on the East/West axis, with the majority of windows on the North and South facades. This move, frequently overlooked in contemporary construction, creates immense energy cost savings. In the housing areas, the large dayroom windows face DOUGLAS continued on page 36 MAY/JUNE 2011 35

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - May/June 2011

Georgia County Government - May/June 2011
Table of Contents
President’s Message
Director’s Desk
Oconee County: Growth Driven by Quality of Life and Strong Schools
ACCG Annual Meeting Highlights
ACCG and Gas South Affinity Program Saves You Money on Natural Gas
GCIP Interns Help Map the Future for Bartow County
Georgia Geospatial Advisory Council Advises Use of GIS
Douglas County Incorporates Sustainable Design into Plans for the New Adult Detention and Law Enforcement Center
Deliberate Indifference to a Serious Medical Need: Inmate Claims under § 1983
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - May/June 2011