Police Headquarters Design
Project Type: New Police Headquarters; Duluth, MN
Client: City of Duluth, Police Department
LHB recently completed programming, design, and construction documents for the City of Duluth Police who had outgrown their headquarters in City Hall. To create resource and operating efficiencies, and increase collaborative efforts, the City and County came together to create the new headquarters on the site of the St. Louis County Public Safety Building. Designed by LHB in 2006, the County Public Safety Building also houses the County Sheriff and 911 departments. The site was selected as an opportunity to further consolidate law enforcement services for shared facilities and efficiencies. The pre-design study considered square footage and how well the site could accommodate the additional building area. A fire station was also considered for the site.
To create a unified, yet distinctive look, the design team of LHB and SRBL Architects considered a number of design options. The design utilizes the existing entry, but once inside, has a separate lobby/waiting area for the public from the County area. The new headquarters will house spaces for Administration, Investigative Major Crimes, Investigative Organized Crimes, Administrative Support, Training/ Licensing, Patrol, Holding Area, Vehicle Garage, Future Units, and a Credit Union. A defensive tactics room with a MILO simulator will allow for interactive, graphic-based firearms exercises and drills. The new space will also provide for much-needed evidence storage and processing areas.