The Escambia County One Stop Permitting Center is located at 1412 West Fairfield Drive, Pensacola, FL. Read the November 16, 2010 Escambia’s New ‘Green’ Central Office Complex Opens in NorthEscambia.com and the January 28, 2009 DEP Grant Funds Largest Green Roof in the State in wmbb.com.
The Escambia County One Stop Permitting Center complex is Escambia County’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified building, and has one of the largest greenroof systems in the State of Florida. It is estimated that the building will use 22 percent less energy and 38 percent less water than current building codes allow.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Escambia County One Stop Permitting Center was held on January 28, 2009. “The Department continued support of innovative land use and stormwater best management practices (BMPs) by awarding a $1.4 million Urban BMP Research and Demonstration grant to Escambia County to assist with the project. The county will use the funding for construction of a green roof as well as for a pervious pavement parking lot with recessed landscape islands at the facility, where all county development applications and building permits will be processed.
“Investing in new ‘green’ technologies to reduce stormwater pollution, conserve energy and protect our rivers, lakes and springs will further water quality protection and provide clean water to meet future water supply needs,” said DEP Northwest District Director Dick Fancher. “This project is a great example of how local governments can adopt environmentally-sustainable practices that not only protect natural resources but help reduce the potential for some of the harmful effects of climate change,” (wmbb.com, 2009).