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Architects Roundup

Architects Design Group
Photo by Greg Wilson

After Hurricane Wilma damaged Sunrise, Florida, in 2005, police department facilities were forced to relocate into temporary facilities. In March 2011, the department moved into a new $32 million, 133,000-square-foot public safety complex at the city’s existing municipal complex. The new complex also houses a joint use Broward County–City of Sunrise E9-1-1 communications center, an emergency operations center, fire rescue administration and training, a four-bay fire station, a citywide data center, and an eight-lane indoor shooting range.

The five-story building is constructed of a reinforced concrete structural frame with precast concrete exterior wall panels and window systems specially designed for wind loads and projectile impact necessary to survive a Category 5 hurricane.

Police Chief John Brooks and his command staff were instrumental in working with the design team to ensure that this operations and training complex will serve the city well.

For information, contact
Architects Design Group
333 N. Knowles Avenue
Winter Park, Florida 32789

Redstone Architects Inc.

Redstone Architects, established in 1937, understands the importance of providing design solutions that embrace functionality and client needs while being aesthetically pleasing. Redstone Architects provides strong design leadership and technical expertise in a world where change is occurring at a breakneck speed. Redstone Architects emphasizes the importance of satisfying your security needs, functionality and workflow, quality, sustainability, aesthetics, and budget.

Redstone Architects maintains open communications in a collaborative environment throughout the engagement to help ensure a successful project. Redstone Architects listens to its clients and to their users. After all, Redstone Architects work becomes your buildings and facilities.

Redstone Architects has become an expert in its field by developing a thorough understanding of its clients’ operational needs. Redstone Architects regularly exhibits at the annual IACP conference. Redstone Architects will work with your agency directly as a consultant or with local architects throughout the United States, allowing firms to augment their knowledge with its specialized expertise.

For information, contact
Redstone Architects Inc.
2709 S. Telegraph Road
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48302

Brinkley Sargent Architects

The development of police facilities requires an understanding not only of public architecture, but also of the highly specialized nature of these unique building types. Brinkley Sargent Architects provides the technical expertise and design sense needed for police facilities and understands the dynamics associated with operating these buildings. There is no substitute for this type of public sector experience.

Often, a well-documented needs assessment creates the information to gain the public support for a project and can serve as a guide to the building process. Brinkley Sargent has conducted numerous studies of this type that have been instrumental in the smooth and efficient development of many successful projects throughout the country.

Brinkley Sargent Architects provides more than 36 years of experience and principal-level leadership on every project. Services include needs assessments, programming, site analysis, sustainable architecture, design, interiors, technology integration, construction administration, and furniture fixtures and equipment procurement.

For information, contact
Gina Irwin
Brinkley Sargent Architects
5000 Quorum Drive #600
Dallas, Texas 75254

Leach Mounce Architects

The newest generation police facility is community oriented and user friendly, with discrete hardening, zoned security, interior day lighting, community spaces, and ergonomically correct workstations. Like an officer’s car or pistol, the facility is conceived as a finely designed and crafted tool for law enforcement. It welcomes and serves the public; protects operations, information, and evidence; and is a public weapon against crime and disaster.

Optimum space relationships form the building. Communications, security, life safety, and environmental systems are carefully detailed and integrated. Flexibility for growth and change is planned. Seemingly contradictory goals of economy, beauty, and durability are resolved.

Knowledge of the issues unique to law enforcement enables Leach Mounce Architects to thoroughly define the problems in the needs assessment and completely solve them in the design to produce an exceptional facility.

For information, contact
Howard Leach
Leach Mounce Architects
1885 Knoll Drive
Ventura, California 93003

Kaestle Boos Associates Inc.

The existing Nantucket, Massachusetts, Police Station is a converted fire station, which is undersized and inadequate to house a modern police department that serves a population that grows from 10,000 year-round residents to more than 60,000 residents during the summer months.

Kaestle Boos Associates Inc., a firm specializing in the design of police and public safety facilities, worked with the Nantucket Police Department to understand its needs and operations and designed a new station that provides the space, the flexibility, and the technology required for a 21st-century police department.

Features include a two-bay sally port, a prisoner processing and detention area, secure evidence processing and storage, a state-of-the-art communications and dispatch center, and a large community and training room. The new facility also is energy efficient, with a geothermal heating and cooling system, cupolas that allow natural light, and occupancy sensors. Further, the design meets the island’s strict Historic District Commission guidelines.

For information, contact
Suzy Schuck
Senior Marketing Coordinator
Kaestle Boos Associates Inc.
416 Slater Road
P.O. Box 2590
New Britain, Connecticut 06050-2590

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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXIX, no. 8, August 2012. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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