Englewood Police Headquarters3615 Elati Street
Englewood, Colorado 80110
Design Achievement - The City of Englewood Public Safety Services Complex was constructed in 1972 as a single building housing the police department and a fire station. The police department had outgrown the facility, with its building standards well below that of a modern police facility, lacking appropriate security and accessibility design. DLR Group's design for the new facility serves as home-base for the current staff of 110 employees by striking a balance between a functional facility and a welcoming environment for staff, officers, and the community. A healthy workplace environment creates a sense of belonging, connection, and identity for the department. A voter-approved bond was passed in November 2016 to build the new police headquarters facility on the site of the existing Public Safety Services Complex.
Scope Summary - The project is a multi-phased 52,000-SF police operations building. The existing facility was demolished and replaced with secured parking supporting police operations. The building was sliced at an angle to accentuate the civic plaza, and direct pedestrians toward the center of the site. The main lobby spans the entire building width along the street and pedestrian plaza. The exterior wall defines a glass-box lobby space that conveys transparency to the plaza and park. A large wooden overhang wraps the box, adding warmth, shade, and a civic image to the entry. Within the lobby, separate suites define space for victim assistance, community services, and other support activities. Daylighting strategies bring natural light into the lower level of the building through roof openings. Additionally, interior office areas incorporate skylights for daylight. The building's four primary security zones include public, semi-secure, secure, and maximum secure. DLR Group provided architecture, engineering, interiors and planning services.