Posts tagged with "Police Stations":

Cincinnati builds what will be the country’s first Net Zero Energy police station

The City of Cincinnati has recently put the final touches on perhaps the country’s most sustainable police stations. Recently certified LEED Platinum, the District Three Police Station is set to become the first Net Zero Energy police station in the country. Designed by Cincinnati-based emersion DESIGN in close collaboration with Messer Construction, the project was conceived as design-build from the beginning. The team was responsible for the architecture, interior design, structural engineering, sustainable consulting, and public engagement. Landscape design was handled by Cincinnati-based Human Nature. The new station was a long time coming. The former District Three Police Station was over 100 years old, and the city as a whole has not built a new police station in over 40 years. In replacing the station, the city looked at 27 different sites and 14 neighborhoods in the district to find the most impactful location. The site the city chose is in the West Price Hill Neighborhood Center, which has been pegged for transformation. The hope is the station will help spur development, and add to the area's improved pedestrian and bicycle focus. The project team held a series of community charrettes and the design aims for a physical connection with the nearby area: a colonnade in front of the station corresponds with 14 identical columns located throughout the district. emersion Design used various energy models to test the project's orientation, massing, fenestration, and thermal envelope qualities. A compact building footprint, advanced storm water system, and extensive drought tolerant landscaping opens the project to the public and showcases its sustainability goals. Other sustainable technologies used include a roof covered in photovoltaics and 40 geo-exchange wells. The construction process was also carefully planned to reduce waste. A total of 80.34 percent of the project’s construction diverted waste away from the region’s limited landfills. The design also called for recycled and local materials, and 97 percent Forest Stewardship Council certified wood. The District Three Police Station is the City of Cincinnati’s way of setting a benchmark for other civic buildings in the city and across the country.

Seattle activists succeed in blocking police “bunker”

Social and community activists are rejoicing across Seattle this week as long-running efforts to stop the construction of the $149.2 million North Precinct police station appear to have (at least temporarily) prevailed. Late last week, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced that his office and the city council would no longer pursue the development. According to the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, in conceding to the protesters’ demands, Mayor Murray said, “I inherited the [North Precinct] proposal and I made mistake about not stopping [it],” adding that his administration had failed to use the city’s “racial equity toolkit” while considering the project. The proposal in question, a 105,000 square foot facility designed by Portland-based firm SRG Partnership, has been in development since 2014 and was expected to begin construction next year with an estimated completion date of 2019. The recent move throws that timeline out the window. Over the last several months, a group called Block The Bunker coalesced to fight the proposal as public outcry regarding the new station, expected to be the most expensive in the country, reached a fever pitch. Councilmember Kshama Sawant, one of the leaders of the Block the Bunker movement, celebrated the group’s victory, stating at a rally, “Yesterday, racial, social, and economic justice advocates scored one of the most important victories nationally since Black Lives Matter began in 2014. Our movement has blocked the bunker!” As the opposition to the precinct crystallized, Block The Bunker aligned itself with the goals of Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, with the local group seeing its opposition to expanded investment in police infrastructure as tied to national efforts aimed at putting an end to mass incarceration and the overall fight against racial inequality in American society. The Seattle-based group has built upon BLM’s slate of causes by specifically demanding that the funds appropriated for the police station be spent instead on 1,000 units of affordable housing. It is unclear if the city will bend to those demands, but after the activists took control of a City Council meeting Tuesday night, their calls for reform grew more pointed. Speakers reiterated the group’s push for other political objectives, including blocking the construction of a new youth jail as well as stopping the city from hiring more police officers. Either way, the Bunker isn’t dead yet. According to Sawant’s comments, the City and City Council are still planning to build a police precinct in North Seattle eventually, with the measure only being only temporarily tabled until next year. For more information, follow Block The Bunker’s website.

Seattle’s new North Precinct project could be the most expensive police station in the country

Seattle is in the process of replacing their outdated North Precinct building, but under the project's current cost estimate the new structure will set the city back $149.2 million. Even after a recent cost reduction (down from an original estimate of $160 million) that will make it the most expensive police building in the country. Among the recent cost adjustments to the original plan were the removing one level of the parking bay, opting out of finishing the basement, and removing rooftop solar arrays. Construction costs are expected to number $92.5 million, while development costs will run $52.6 million. Another $14.3 million was allocated for the cost of land acquisition as well as the cost of relocating the site's current tenants at Aurora Avenue North and North 130th Street (namely, a car dealership and several office buildings). The high cost of the new building has raised red flags for many residents. According to The Seattle Times, the project was initially only expected to cost $88.5 million, and the new figure might still be more than the city can afford. The Times points out that the city is also badly in need of new sidewalks, which the city claimed not to have the money to build. The Portland-based firm SRG Partnership is leading the architecture and design team, having won a Request for Qualifications in 2014. Turner Construction, which is headquartered in New York but has a Seattle office, will be the general contractor and construction manager. The predesign phase started in 2014. Plans for the new precinct building call for a 105,000 square foot facility with a life span of 30 to 50 years. The building will accommodate projected staff growth through 2038; it will also be used by the community in emergency situations and will be built above typical standards for withstanding an earthquake. LEED Gold certification is another goal for the project. The current schedule calls for construction to begin in 2017 and finish in 2019. The Seattle city council is expected to approve the design, but may require further cuts to the overall cost.

A Spruced Up Central Park Precinct Opens to Public

Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD gathered yesterday to unveil the newly renovated Central Park Precinct, the oldest stationhouse in the city. According to DNAinfo, the $61 million project included repairs to the crumbling building and a new canopy and glass atrium over the lobby, with the help of Karlsberger Architects.

Unveiled> Jean Nouvel’s Police Panopticon/Dance Studio

It is unclear whether the newest Jean Nouvel project in Charleroi, Belgium is the first of the hybrid Police Headquarters/Dance Studio typology, but we would guess that it is. The collaboration between Paris-based Atelier Jean Nouvel and the Belgian firm MDW Architecture was selected in a competition and resulted in a scheme for a 246-foot tower and renovation of 19th century brick barracks. The tower is elliptical in plan and clad in blue brick, tapering as it rises above the buildings below, two of which, along with the new panopticon-like structure, will house the police headquarters. A dance studio and cultural venue for street artists is situated below the police station in the blue tower. The entire project sits on a brownfield. The striking profile of the tower, which will glow at night, acts as a monument in the center of a plaza. But it appears to stand in sharp contrast with the surrounding village and have little relationship buildings adjacent to it.  While the height and compact footprint of the tower provides for a substantial public plaza at its base,  we hope the image of a sleek police tower looming above a small village is not symbolic.