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Salt Lake City Public Safety Building Project Profile

The Salt Lake City Public Safety building balances stunning design with the high-strength performance necessary to house the city's fire department, police department and emergency operations center. Beyond the balance of beauty and strength, the building was also designed to achieve a net-zero energy balance. For a building to create as much energy as it consumes, each structural element must enhance the constructions overall sustainability, from the solar panels to the underlayment supporting its floors. 

To help achieve the goal of net-zero energy balance, contractors chose USG Durock™ Brand EcoCap™ Self-Leveling Underlayment as a tile substrate for several key areas of the new construction. The self-drying, quick-setting, eco-friendly, cement-based product is designed with sustainable attributes that may assist in obtaining Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits, which are incredibly important for those seeking to deploy the most environmentally friendly products possible.

While the building offers stellar skyline views from each of its four floors, it also serves as the working structure for Salt Lake City's public safety personnel day after day, all while serving its surrounding community with its energy efficiency.

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people involved

Okland Construction, General Contractor

Metro Tile Associates, Flooring Contractor

Contempo Tile, Distributor

project scope

Four floors

172,000 sq. ft.

special factors

Building required to achieve net-zero energy balance. Water not available in all building areas to mix underlayment.

project costs

$125,000,000