The Village’s Public Works Department maintains all Village facilities. Staff has evaluated facilities for improvement needs. Several of the facilities have had an energy assessment performed by outside consultants. Sustainable opportunities largely include energy efficiency improvements. Some service needs have changed over time, and several buildings call for replacement with facilities that incorporate sustainable design.
Village LEED and Green Buildings
The Village has recently renovated and constructed several Village facilities with elements of "Green" design. The Village worked with the USGBC to certify the newly re-located Fire Station 24 and Police Department as LEED Gold buildings. Both buildings use efficient fixtures for water, lighting, heating and cooling, and other building systems. The Police Building features a green roof to decrease the energy used to heat and cool the building. Fire Station 24 and the new Police Building were constructed using Village Bonds. Village staff pursued additional grant funding to supplement the construction bonds.
The Village Hall (1900 Hassell Road) was rennovated to include motion sensors, efficent lighting and communications systems, low-Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) paints, furniture, and flooring. In order to certify the building as a LEED building, additional measures would need to be taken, and none are planned at this time.
Sustainability Plan Connections
The Village of Hoffman Estates addresses ways that it can prolong the life and increase the efficiency of the Village's buildings in the Sustainability Plan. Items specific to the Facilities section are listed below:
Sustainability Plan Action Items – Facilities
1. CIP-listed building efficiency improvements for Fire Stations. CIP
2. Retrofit all remaining incandescent exit signs at Village facilities. CIP
3. Install motion-sensor lighting at Village facilities where they are not installed. CIP
4. Replace high-intensity discharge (HID) lamp fixtures in Village Hall lobby. CIP
5. Replacement and control improvements for Village Hall HVAC. CIP
6. Retro-commission Village Hall using Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC) program. CIP
7. Replace cooling system at Public Works Center. CIP
8. Replace roof at Public Works Center. CIP
9. Replace Hi-bay garage lighting with high efficiency lighting in Fleet garage. CIP
10. Replace 250 watt lights with T-8s and sensors in Fleet garage. CIP
11. Replace exterior wall packs with high efficiency lighting at Fleet Services Building. CIP
12. Determine cost of implementing bottle recycling program in SCA concourse.
13. Investigate opportunities for food vendor to reduce waste at the SCA.
14. Utilize SEDAC energy audit services for SCA to identify savings opportunities.
15. Develop a sustainable maintenance standards manual to identify sustainable construction and cleaning materials and products used at Village facilities.
16. Implement no-mow grass zones or hybrid seed for all facilities to reduce annual mowing costs and lawnmower emissions.
17. Install low-flow aerators at Village facilities where they are not installed. CIP
18. Install a photocell in Public WorksCenter lobby. CIP
*CIP identifies items that would need to be included in the Village's Capital Improvement Plan.