How sustainable and “Green” is the new building?


Existing trees on the site must be removed to construct the new station. Unlikely to relocate well, steps will be taken to mitigate this, including the planting of 53 new trees, 54 new shrubs, and 3500 ground coverings.  All plantings are native to Cape Cod, such as Red Cedar and bayberry, and have “good” or “better” drought tolerance ratings by the US Forest Service.



QuantityCommon Name
7Red Maple
26Eastern Red Cedar
2240Little Bluestem
19Black Gum
540Sweet Fern
1White Oak
2Witch Hazel
710Switch Grass


Climate Resiliency

The location is outside of the flood plain and wetlands and the building is designed to withstand the forces outlined in the MA Building Code for wind and seismic events. It is designed for 24/7 operation with an emergency backup generator.

Energy Efficiency, Carbon Footprint Reduction

The building will be equipped with high efficiency, state-of-the-art heating, cooling, and lighting systems. It will be insulated to the stringent “Stretch Energy Code” standards. It will be solar-ready, structured for the added weight, and with an electrical system ready to “plugin” the installation. Town staff will work with the Cape and Vineyard Electrical Coop to install a solar array at no cost, as they have on the Transfer Station, Water Treatment Plant, and Veterans Memorial Community Center.

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1. Why do we need a new police station?
2. What are the benefits of the new station?
3. How sustainable and “Green” is the new building?
4. What are the cost and tax impacts?
5. Why this location?
6. Why this size?
7. Why this design?
8. What's inside and why?
9. What's the timeline?