Location: Norfolk, VA
The new 3rd Patrol Police Precinct is like no other in Hampton Roads. It is a police station, community center, FEMA situation bunker, fitness center, conference and management suite, office for the Homeland Security Division, and a repair shop for police vehicles, bikes, and boats. Two double-deep drive-thru bays are provided for the Harbor Patrol units to house vehicles and boats as well as provide storage for rescue equipment. Additional garage facilities are provided for the traffic division, homeland security operations, and emergency command post vehicles. Within the building are office spaces for the Patrol units and Homeland Security Division. Additional spaces include kitchens and break rooms, and a large multi-purpose meeting room that can be used for training by the police department, or by the community for meetings.
The City required this new facility to be storm resistant; the building envelope includes laminated, wind-driven projectile resistant window glazing, increased structural resistance to Category 2 hurricane winds, and tear-off roofing resistance. The first floor is significantly elevated above the 100-year flood plain and an emergency generator is in place to serve the entire facility if needed. Since the central police administration command center will be transferred to this facility in the event of major storm, a further hardened ‘box’ constructed of a concrete roof deck and reinforced concrete masonry walls has been added into the facility, including bunk space and food lockers in case of a prolonged event.
This project is certified LEED Gold® and received the 2013 Award of Merit for Best Sustainable Building by HRACRE Awards and the 2012 First Place, Government by ASID/IIDA Interior Design Excellence Award.