with Leers Weinzapfel Associates
Located on a prominent site at the heart of Roxbury, Massachusetts and known as the “other downtown” at the beginning of the 20th Century, Dudley Square is in the process of urban revitalization initiated by the removal of the elevated train. The new police station is the anchor for future development in the area and the first LEED Gold certified building built by the City of Boston.
An electroplating facility occupied the location, leaving one of the worst brownfield sites in the state. The mission of the City was to work closely with the community to remediate the site, revitalize the urban neighborhood, and replace the existing 1960’s windowless police station with a flexible, durable, and sustainable facility.
The building responds in scale and material to the civic buildings in the neighborhood by featuring a three-story, limestone-clad structure with a glass entry corner facing onto a triangular green. The glass tower of the public lobby and double height community room create a clear reading of the public entry and impart a sense of welcome and arrival to the station.
Photo Credit: Anton Grassl/Esto