Emergency Operations and Sheriff's Communications Center


Volusia County Government opened the new Emergency Operations and Sheriff’s Communication Center in March 2013. The 43,000-square-foot facility serves as the county’s consolidated public dispatch center and provides a central location for disaster response officials to make strategic decisions during emergencies such as hurricanes, civil unrest, wildfires, and mass casualty incidents. The building also features separate, but adjoining areas for the sheriff’s communications center and emergency operations center.

The building was designed to withstand 180 mph winds and an EF3 tornado – all while being built to LEED® standards. The combination of efficient design, sustainable building practices and advanced technology has resulted in the ability for the new facility to be operated more efficiently, using less electricity and water and lowering the county’s carbon footprint.


The building is powered by state-of-the-art energy systems that ensure continuous power and significant energy cost savings. The heating, cooling, power and fire protection systems have automated controls that can be monitored and adjusted off-site over the Internet. Heating, ventilation and cooling are provided by central air-handling units with single-duct variable air-volume terminal units. The air-handling units use chilled water for cooling and provide 140 tons of cooling capacity.



The building is served by a partial thermal energy storage system using glycol-chilled water to make ice. The system consists of two 90-ton air-cooled chillers and four ice storage tanks. A pumping skid includes glycol pumps for each chiller and two secondary pumps.

Thermal energy storage contributes to significant energy cost savings. During off-peak hours, one chiller makes ice while the other serves the building’s cooling demands. During on-peak hours when electricity is more expensive, only one chiller is required to run while melting the ice in the storage tanks to meet the cooling needs during the day. This allows the county to meet a 140-ton building cooling demand while running one 90-ton chiller. This equates to lower kilowatt demand charges and a sizable rebate from the utility company.

The facility uses only low-volatile organic compound (VOC) materials. LEED® defines VOC as a carbon-containing compound, such as gasoline or acetone, which vaporizes at a relatively low temperature. In the air, VOCs can react with other gases to form photochemical oxidants that can be harmful to human health. Since 1987, when the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection designated indoor air pollution as a top environmental risk to public health, assessing and managing indoor pollutants have become a priority for new construction under LEED® standards. The use of low VOC materials is an important step in improving the indoor air quality of a facility.


Carpets contain recycled material in accordance with the Carpets and Rug Institute’s Green Label Plus program. The primary criterion for Green Label certification is a vacuum’s ability to effectively remove soil, maintain carpet quality, and capture particulate matter. Filtration is performed by high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, which typically remove 99.97% of particles down to 3 microns. Vacuum cleaners with the Green Label certification work without sacrificing quality and performance, and can make one of the largest positive impacts on indoor air quality. Learn more about the CRI at

Other green features include:

 Bio-based floor tiles are made from corn. A bio-based material is an agricultural product (plant or animal) that takes 10 years or less to grow or raise and can be harvested in an ongoing and sustainable fashion.

 83% of the new wood for the building construction was certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, which promotes environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world's forests. Learn more about the Forest Stewardship Council at

 Xeriscaping techniques were used for the facility grounds. Xeriscaping is a landscaping method that makes routine irrigation unnecessary, allowing plants to be watered by rain. The landscaping does not require permanent irrigation systems.

 Low-flow automatic plumbing fixtures reduce water usage by 32%.

 Light fixtures with occupancy sensors reduce electric bills.

 20% of carbon emissions from the facility are sequestered through the county’s Forever Program. Carbon sequestration is the process of capturing and the long-term storage of atmospheric carbon dioxide and is most often achieved by reforestation or land preservation.

98% of the construction waste was diverted from the landfill.

 A single-stream recycling program is in place for paper, plastics, glass, and aluminum.

 20% of the building construction material was extracted and manufactured locally, within 500 miles of the facility.

 Green housekeeping and green purchasing policies have been instituted.

Separate bicycle parking and dedicated parking spaces are provided for low-emitting, full-electric vehicles and fuel-efficient and carpool vehicles.

Deltona Regional Library expansion

The Deltona Regional Library expansion, completed in October 2009, received LEED Silver Certification, verifying that the expansion is environmentally responsible and a healthy place to work!

 The green areas include the library’s general collection area, children’s and teenagers’ sections, community classrooms and meeting rooms, the Lyonia Environmental Center and Deltona Amphitheater.

 The expansion features high-grade insulation and an energy-efficient automated heating and air-conditioning system. Paints, adhesives, carpet, flooring and other products are low in volatile organic compounds to improve indoor air quality.

 Other green features include:

Revolving doors at the entrances that help to reduce loss of heating and air-conditioning

  Energy-efficient bulbs and motion sensors that turn off lights when rooms are unoccupied

  Pervious concrete in the amphitheater to promote natural recharge of the aquifer

  Florida-friendly landscaping that uses native plants and Bahia grass

  A Votran bus stop at the front door

 Since reopening, the building’s energy costs have dropped 22 percent.

Lyonia Environmental Center
, part of the library complex, promotes environmental stewardship and offers a unique insight into Volusia County’s fragile ecosystems through hands-on displays and computer-based learning modules.

Green Volusia Steering Committee
Katrina Locke
(386) 736-5927 x 15850

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Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center
123 W. Indiana Ave
DeLand FL, 32720