Location: Virginia Beach, VA
RRMM Architects was commissioned to design the new 4th Precinct Police Station and Neighborhood Park in the Kempsville borough of Virginia Beach. The project consisted of designing and constructing a new 18,000 SF state-of-the-art “neighborhood” police facility.
“Community Connectivity” was a strong focal point for this project. The feedback received during a series of town hall style meetings served as the “inspiration driver” for all decision-making during the design process. The outcome was a “Citizen Centered” 21st Century policing facility, with architectural features that respond to the cultural history and unique characteristics of it’s community.
The facility also features a large “Multi-Purpose” space, designed to be used for police training sessions, incident command center, and also available to the community for planned events. Other program spaces includes a welcoming area, interview rooms, admin offices, video magistrate services, conference rooms, muster room, gender-friendly locker/showers/restrooms, property and evidence, fitness room, and other support spaces.
The building design incorporates many CPTED principles to ensure optimum safety and well-being of staff and visitors. The facility is designed to withstand major hurricanes and earthquakes, and has an emergency generator to ensure the entire facility remains in full operation – 24/7/365. The new facility is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification, and includes many sustainable design features, such as geothermal HVAC, energy efficient LED lighting, building system controls, and low-VOC materials.