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Layton Construction Completes Chandler Fire Administration Building

Jan. 4, 2010

Construction crews have recently completed a new Fire Administration Building for the city of Chandler, Ariz. Layton Construction provided preconstruction, construction services and LEED® administration on the project.

The new 23,000-square-foot facility was completed by Layton Construction with Perlman Architects behind the design. An old classic fireman pole and museum welcome visitors into the building. The second floor consists of a large conference room, kitchen, covered balconies, office spaces, library and restrooms. The third floor includes a wellness center with exercise equipment, restrooms with showers and lockers, an open balcony and a large Emergency Operations Center.

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is a fantastic upgrade to the small building the city of Chandler utilized as their previous EOC. The EOC is set up to house all of the emergency personnel who make the decisions during a major crisis. The room includes eight work tables, television screens on both walls, drop down projection screens, a radio room, conference room, an executive room for the mayor and a kitchen. The EOC is secured from terrorist threats and/or other threats to the building.

The exterior of the building includes a private courtyard with full landscaping and a magnificent Memorial Plaza. The Memorial Plaza was dedicated on Sept. 11, 2009 in honor of those who lost their lives in the World Trade Center attacks as well as to those local heroes who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The Memorial Plaza is shared by the Chandler Fire and Police Departments and includes two memorials to the fallen heroes.

The Chandler Fire Administration Building is a LEED Gold certified building. Originally registered as LEED Silver, Layton worked to achieve enough Exemplary Performance Points to qualify the building for LEED Gold without added cost to the city of Chandler. Among the factors that elevated the project to Gold certification included the recycling of several tons of building materials and the utilization of materials which were procured less than 500 miles from the job site to construct the majority of the project.

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