Great design adapts to changing perspectives and no building is a greater example of this than the new Police Headquarters for the City of Richardson.
BRW and the City have worked together to create a facility that embraces the modern vision of police officers as guardians of a contemporary society. The new facility provides an unprecedented opportunity to create a stronger connection between the Richardson Police force and the community they guard.
As part of the Richardson Public Safety Campus, which includes a Fire Station and 911|Dispatch, the 86,000 SF Police Headquarters sits at the forefront of public view adjacent to the open green space just off Main Street. The building itself utilizes materials and architectural characteristics such as wood accents, oversized porches, and integrated ballistic glass to create a welcoming environment.
On the other hand, police station design requires attention to security. BRW collaborated with Richardson Police to create a structure that is tailored to the specific needs of a demanding job. Site organization separates the public from restricted patrol parking for secure access to the building. Uniquely designed clerestory windows flood the building interior with natural light without sacrificing safety. Police officers and staff can take advantage of the fitness center or spend some quiet time in a wellness room.
By designing a space that captures the delicate balance between transparency and safety, the Richardson Police Headquarters begins a legacy of police station design that engages, protects, and instills pride for the City.