Dudley Square Police Station: Boston Building

Dudley Police Station Boston Building, Architect, New Massachusetts Architecture

Dudley Police Station Building

Boston, MA, USA – design by Leers Weinzapfel Architects

15 Oct 2012

Dudley Square Police Station Building

Design: Leers Weinzapfel Associates

Boston Police Station Building

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

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photos © Anton Grassl / Esto

Project Description

Dudley Square, known as the “other downtown” at the beginning of the twentieth century, is in the process of urban revitalization initiated by the removal of the elevated train. The new police station, located on a prominent site at the heart of the square, is the anchor for future development in the area and the first LEED Gold certified building built by the City of Boston.

The building, a three-story limestone-clad structure with a glass entry corner facing onto a triangular green, responds in scale and material to the civic buildings in the neighborhood 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.

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 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 in the bay of the entry corner, providing easy access for the public while limiting access to secure areas. The third floor is devoted to staff services, comprising a locker room and physical fitness rooms for the police officers.

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photos © Anton Grassl / Esto

All of the office spaces allow for maximum flexibility, and the detectives’ area overlooks a green roof, decreasing storm water runoff from the site. In addition the City of Boston’s many departments, the project was approved by the Dudley Square Vision Task Force and Roxbury Oversight Committee.

Sustainable Design
• LEED Gold certified
• Green roof and storm water retention tanks reduce heat island effect and storm water runoff from the site
• High performance exterior envelope and glazing provide natural daylight
• Underslab ventilation system monitors indoor air quality
• Minimal construction waste
• Local/regional materials have high levels of recycled content
• A new, green housekeeping program has been adopted by the city

The building just picked up its third award…an Honor Award from the Boston Society of Architects.

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photos © Anton Grassl / Esto

Dudley Square Police Station – Building Information

Architects: Leers Weinzapfel Associates
Completed: 2012

Area B2 Police Station in Dudley Square images / information from Leers Weinzapfel Associates


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