Poughkeepsie . . . Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus toured the construction progress at the Eastern Dutchess Government Center in Millbrook along with personnel from the various County departments who will be utilizing the building upon completion. The project is a complete renovation of over 18,000 square feet of the North Wing on the former County Infirmary campus. Upon completion, it will be a “like new” building to serve county residents.
County Executive Steinhaus said, “With the completion of the Eastern Dutchess Government Center, we will be able to conveniently provide access to valuable services for residents of the central and eastern portions of the county. We will be able to save residents time and money by reducing the need to travel to Poughkeepsie for services. County government will also save operational costs by reducing road time for Poughkeepsie based staff having to travel to the Eastern towns. We are also doing our part to protect our environment by re-using a previously existing building and incorporating “green construction” LEED certification standards.”
Residents will be able to take advantage of a variety of County services and programs at the EDGC including immunization clinics, home care and maternal Child and Health programs offered by the Health Department. Continuing Day treatment, clinical services for mental health and substance abuse services will be provided through the Department of Mental Hygiene. The Department of Social Services will be available to provide access to food stamp, child care, and Medicaid eligibility services. Youth and parent group programs and administrative services will be provided by the Office of Probation and Community Corrections and the Youth Bureau will offer counseling services.
The EDGC is being constructed to meet LEED Silver Certification standards as part of County Executive Steinhaus’ “Dutchess Goes Green” agenda. One of the highlights of the project is the inclusion of a geo-thermal heat pump system. Geo-thermal heating and cooling is one of the most efficient ways to condition a building. 48 wells were drilled to take advantage of the natural stable temperature stored in the earth. The wells will be a closed loop system that neither adds nor removes water from surrounding aquifers. Energy savings for the Eastern Dutchess County Government Center are estimated at about $35,000 per year.
Additional “green” building features include eco-friendly materials and equipment selected to promote sustainability. The roof design will use high solar reflectance to reduce cooling costs in summer months. Over 75% of the building’s interior will feature an abundance of natural day light. Natural daylight reduces energy use and has been shown to be beneficial to employee health and productivity.
Landscaping has been designed to meet low water requirements and will not require irrigation beyond regular rainfall. The project will also feature alternative transportation access including public transportation, bicycle storage and preferred parking for fuel efficient vehicles.
Up to 60 construction workers have been on site with 30 to 40 working on the project on a typical day The project has been designed and constructed with many local companies and trades workers.
Project construction is on schedule and the Eastern Dutchess Government Center is slated to open by late summer – early fall.