Photo courtesy of Ascent Construction
The team coordinated with four different agencies to design and build the new fire station.

2012 Best Project

Green Projects Category

Northern Utah Interagency Fire Dispatch Center  

Draper, Utah

The Northern Utah Interagency Fire Dispatch Center is located west of I-15 in Draper. The 9,400-sq-ft, LEED-Gold facility includes a network communications center, administrative offices, conference rooms and training areas. State-of-the-art communication and dispatch systems allow instantaneous transmission of information for fire response throughout the northern part of the state.

The center's many green elements make it environmentally friendly and efficient to operate and maintain. The building is oriented so that natural light floods the interior. A ground-source heat pump system keeps heating and cooling costs at a minimum. Insulated concrete forms reduce noise pollution from the nearby interstate and help insulate the building, while a white rooftop reduces the heat-island effect.

Other green features include water-saving toilets and lavatory fixtures and an efficient lighting system. The landscaping uses water-wise plants and rocks as ground cover around the building.

The team coordinated with four agencies on the project: the State of Utah, Bureau of Land Management, Dept. of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service. Each was involved in the facility's design, and each had specific requirements. The team's coordination and cooperation satisfied the agencies and met their project goals.

Key Players

Owner: Dept. of Natural Resources, Salt Lake City

Architect: Scott P. Evans Architect & Assoc. PC, Bountiful, Utah

General Contractor: Ascent Construction, Centerville, Utah

Structural Engineer: BHB Engineering, Salt Lake City

Civil Engineer: Nolte Engineering, Murray, Utah

MEP: Van Boerum & Frank Associates Inc., Salt Lake City

Electrical Engineer: Envision Engineering, Midvale, Utah

Submitted by Ascent Construction