Larimer County Celebrates Opening of New 's Alternative Sentencing Building
Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: Oct 22, 2012
Board of County Commissioners – 970-498-7010, BOCC@larimer.org
Gary Darling, Criminal Justice Services Director, 970-980-2671, firstname.lastname@example.org
Laurie Stolen - Alternative Sentencing Director - 970-980-2670, email@example.com
Linda Hoffmann, County Manager, 970-498-7004, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Kirk - Facilities Services Director - 970-498-5911, email@example.com
David Bragg - Project Manager, 970-498-5918, firstname.lastname@example.org
FROM: Deni La Rue, Community Information Manager, (970) 498-7150
The Board of Larimer County Commissioners will present a short program from 2-3p.m. on Thursday, October 25th
to mark the opening of the new Alternative Sentencing Department (ASD) Building at 2307 Midpoint Drive, Fort Collins. The 2-story, 53-thousand sq. ft. building opened on October 11, 2012 and serves as an alternate to using jail beds for those offenders on Work Release programs. The new facility is expected to be LEED Gold certified and will house 324men and women residents, 164 for Work Release and 160 for Work Enders, and approximately 43 staff members. The smaller ASD facility it replaces housed up to 100 Work Release offenders and will be remodeled into inmate "housing", storage and administrative space for the Larimer County Jail. ASD is comprised of six programs: Pretrial Services, Community Service, Workenders, Midweeks, Work Release, and Electronic Home Detention. http://larimer.org/cjs/asd/
The $ 12.4 million cost to construct the new ASD building came from County general fund reserves with $500,000 of that from the County’s Criminal Justice capital improvement reserves. Gary Darling, Criminal Justice Services Director says this was a prudent move, “The last few years have been a financially good time to build as construction costs have been less than in previous years and we own the building outright.” Board of Larimer County Commissioners Chair Lew Gaiter III says the Board is committed to these programs, “The Alternative Sentencing Department (ASD) allows us to monitor those convicted of non-violent crimes at a far smaller cost to taxpayers than incarceration in the County jail. Those in Alternative Sentencing remain employed, pay part of the costs of the programs, pay restitution to victims, and stay positively connected to the community.”
The new ASD building features other efficiencies. Early in the design process, Larimer County decided to make the new ASD building their first LEED-certified county-owned building. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification ensures that the building is constructed and operated with the following objectives: sustainable site improvements, water and energy savings and efficiency, local and/or sustainable material selection and improved indoor environmental quality. The county is pursuing LEED Gold status for the high performing, sustainable building which will be verified by an independent third party.
Other features of the new ASD building:
- The campus has unique security concerns which impacted the landscaping, parking and exterior lighting designs.
- VoIP - Voice over Internet Protocol - a technology that allows telephone calls to be made over a shared computer data network instead of using more expensive traditional office telephone switches that require dedicated wiring infrastructure and equipment.
- There is an enhanced commissioning plan for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to maximize energy efficiency and occupant comfort.
- There will also be extensive measurement and verification for ongoing LEED accountability of the building’s energy consumption
- Water use reduction measures, meeting minimum energy and indoor air quality targets, maximization of open space, alternative transportation options, and an enhanced lighting control system all are targets contributing to the LEED Gold credit points
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