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Mankato's Public Safety Center awarded LEED(r) Gold certification

Friday, April 26, 3:30 p.m.

Mankato's Public Safety Center, 710 South Front Street, has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute.

LEED® is the nation’s preeminent program for design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

Achieving LEED® Gold certification aligns with the city's strategic plan to pursue sustainable facilities. Public Safety Center features that helped earn the award include:

  • Energy efficient--since the Public Safety Center is more than 40 percent efficient compared to a typically designed building since it uses less energy, saves costs and benefits the environment;
  • Location--the Public Safety Center is well-placed in a downtown location surrounded by services and transportation options, providing bike racks and reserving preferred parking for hybrid vehicles and carpools;
  • Materials and resources--the Public Safety Center is a reused building that uses reclaimed and recycled materials for sustainability;
  • Air quality--air ventilation and filtration and a heating and cooling system provide efficient and cost-effective maintenance of building temperatures

Mankato’s Public Safety Center has been remodeled for the future and is the most significant investment in a city of Mankato public safety facility within the last 40 years. It has been converted to bring police and fire staff together for the first time ever in one facility. The city is better positioned for optimal response times, particularly to West Mankato, the hilltop area and neighborhoods to the west, south and north of the university. Building updates have been made to last well into the future.

The local design team of Paulsen Architects, R.W. Carlstrom, and BARKL Consulting, working cooperatively with the city achieved this ranking. Learn more about the U.S. Green Building Council and Green Building Certification Institute.

For more information about the Public Safety Center, contact staff 311 or at 507-387-8600.