Santa Monica Public Safety
FacilityLocated at 4th and Olympic, the 117,000 square foot
Public Safety Facility is the City of Santa Monica’s first major
facility designed and built with the intent of minimizing its lifecycle
impact on the natural environment while providing for the health and
comfort of the building’s occupants. As the headquarters for the Police
and Fire Departments in addition to the 9-1-1 center and other facilities, the
importance of maintaining the indoor environment quality is imperative.
In addition to providing a healthy and comfortable place to work, the
City demonstrated its commitment to the environment by designing the
facility to be extremely resource and energy efficient. As a measure of
its sustainability, the structure is the first City facility to be
awarded the US Green Building Council’s LEED Silver certification. The
building was designed by Cannon Design and completed in Fall of 2003
with a construction cost of $47 million.
The design features sustainable building strategies such as:
Efficiency: Efficient furnace and computer controls, an underfloor
air distribution system and automatic daylighting controls are used to
achieve performance exceding Title 24 Code by 36%.
Conservation: The building catches water from the roof and
additionally uses recycled water for irrigation and flushing of
Where practical the building uses recycled materials; for example in
floor tiles. Choice of materials also impacts energy heating and cooling