City of Detroit Public Safety Headquarters
The City of Detroit had two important goals for its new Public Safety Headquarters. First and foremost, it sought to create a national model for public safety integration: The facility would consolidate several facilities under one roof— housing police, fire, homeland security, a state-of-the-art forensics lab, information technology services and more—providing efficient, effective delivery of public safety services. Second, it would repurpose a former building that first served as an IRS Data Center and later, a casino, thus saving taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.
Detroit Building Authority
Architecture, Forensic, Government, Government Office, Government Research, Interiors, Lab Planning, Programming, Public & Civic, Science & Technology, Workplace
AIA Detroit Honor Award, 2014
Construction & Design Award, Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD), 2014
A secure freight elevator used to transfer casino money now works to transport evidence. The design also reuses a large generator, ventilation and ductwork. The upgrades and newly insulated building envelope vastly improved energy efficiency, allowing it to become the first city of Detroit facility to earn LEED Gold certification.