Building Services Division
Building Services provides maintenance support for 424 buildings and service locations in Little Rock including Little Rock City Hall, the Little Rock Police Department, Fire Stations, the Communications Center, all structures in City parks, emergency warning sirens, and many others.
The mission of the Building Services Division is to provide a safe, comfortable work environment for City employees while delivering all maintenance and preventative maintenance needed to extend the life of City-owned buildings and service locations. In addition, Building Services provides contracting services for remodeling and new construction.
Building Services actively promotes energy-efficient retrofits and replacements in all building components such as energy-efficient roofing, building insulation, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), and light emitting diode (LED) lighting. Lifecycle costs, environmental impact and sustainability are some of the issues considered in the proactive approach to conserving resources today and for years to come.
The City of Little Rock has two Energy Star rated buildings. For more information on Energy Star, visit their site at http://www.energystar.gov/.
Building Services is also active in the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. The City of Little Rock has three LEED certified buildings. For more information on LEED, go to the U.S. Green Building Council's web site at http://www.usgbc.org.
Building Services is located at 3312 J. E. Davis Drive, Little Rock, AR, 72209, at the City's maintenance facilities. You may contact Building Services personnel at (501) 918-3681. Office hours are 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Services
Building Services provides HVAC services for over 950 units in 170 City-owned buildings. Most of the major HVAC systems are controlled remotely to promote energy efficiency, and ensure prompt attention when problems occur. The staff has also been installing ultraviolet lights and ionizers that improve the air quality in our HVAC systems since 2004. We have a variety of different types of HVAC systems including geothermal, which helps to reduce energy consumption. For more information on geothermal heat pumps, go to the Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium's web site at http://www.geoexchange.org.
All plumbing in the City's 170 buildings, and an additional 98 sites such as park restrooms and backflow prevention regulators, are maintained by Building Services. The staff has been installing tankless water heaters, touchless sensor faucets and flush valves along with low flow shower heads and faucet flow restrictors to reduce energy use and conserve water.
The Building Services staff performs carpentry and painting services required to extend the life of City-owned buildings containing approximately 1.3 million square feet. The carpentry staff works to improve building insulation, adding energy- efficient windows, weather-proofing and roofs.
The Building Services staff maintains electrical systems in a safe and workable condition. In addition to the 170 City-owned buildings, Building Services has an additional 218 service locations including 59 electronic outdoor emergency warning sirens and various outdoor lighting systems. Building Services has been retrofitting interior and exterior building lights to LEDs since 2010. Currently over 6,000 lamps and LED light fixtures have been installed. Exterior lights include dusk to dawn photo sensors. Where possible, interior lights have occupancy sensors to cycle the lights off when no one is present. Some include daylight harvesting to dim the lights when outside light provides sufficient light for the space.