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15 October 2013

Douglas County Jail Outside Atlanta Earns LEED-NC Certification

The Douglas County Adult Detention Facility and Law Enforcement Center has received LEED for New Construction certification, making it the first large-scale, new construction adult detention facility and law enforcement center in Georgia to achieve this level of sustainability.

“Though the project was not initiated with a LEED requirement, we are extremely pleased that we were able to collaborate with Douglas County to implement a strong long-term sustainability approach,” said HOK in Atlanta Project Manager Michael Katzin.

The 1,500-bed detention center is located 25 miles west of Atlanta in Douglasville, Ga., on a 36-acre site master planned for 600,000 square feet of future county office space.

By building on a previously developed site and using sustainable strategies such as sun shading, daylighting, the reuse of rainwater and extensive use of recycled, environmentally friendly materials, the design helps the building achieve an 18 percent reduction in energy use compared to code. This generates significant cost savings for county taxpayers.

The design strategies also reduce water use by 31 percent. Ninety-eight percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills.

Gary Retel presents Sheriff Phil Miller with a plaque and certificate to commemorate the Douglas County Adult Detention Facility and Law Enforcement Center’s LEED certification. Pictured from left to right: Retel; Miller; Stan Copeland – Chief Deputy, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office; Eric Johnson – Program Manager, CPS; John Carmichael – New South Construction; Amy Tisenchek – Program Manager, CPS; Davey Balboa – Turner Construction.