University of Massachusetts Police Headquarters

Amherst, MA

Location: Amherst, MA
Architect: Caolo & Bienek Associates
Size: 27,130 sf
Cost: $10 million
Scope of Services: New Construction
Services: MEP

As part of a campus-wide sustainability initiative, this new public safety building is LEED Gold certified under the LEED NC 2.2 rating system. This new police quarters has a modern detention area with a secure sally port, as well as a new dispatch center and emergency operations center. CES provided MEP design services to the new building.

The HVAC is provided by a geothermal system that consists of a 20 well field, connected to a distributed water to air heat pump system. Ventilation is served by a ground source heat pump rooftop unit that serves as the dedicated outside air system. Given the flexible hours of a police station, the occupied cycle for the units is determined by occupancy sensors. The building is served by an Aircuity air monitoring system that monitors the CO, CO2, VOC, and humidity of the building. Each heat pump has an outside air damper controlled by the demand control ventilation system. There is also a water to water heat pump that generates hot water for some perimeter low temperature radiation in the offices and stairs.

Energy efficient lighting was installed with occupancy sensors and daylighting controls. The building envelope was enhanced with increased insulation and all windows are insulated with glazing systems. Water conservation measures were also taken by installing low-flow plumbing fixtures throughout.