with Leers Weinzapfel Associates
Located on a prominent site in 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.
The internal organization of the building reflects the new mission of the Boston Police Department: to provide a safe and durable building with high community interaction. The occupied spaces inside the building were designed around a central core to maximize natural air flow, daylight and views. On the first floor, the spaces are layered from public to private: public lobby, police operations, booking, and the cell block. The community room and other community related offices are located on the second floor. The third floor is devoted to staff services comprising the locker room and physical fitness rooms for the police officers. All of the office spaces allow for maximum flexibility and the detective’s area oversees a green roof decreasing storm water runoff from the site.
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