Community Architecture

Newton Law Enforcement Center Phased Renovation

Renovations

The City of Newton realized renovations would be required to the current Police / Sheriff / Public Safety Building after a failed attempt to get approval to design and construct a new Police and Municipal Courts building. The goal was for multiple entities, city, county, police, sheriff, 911 call center and public safety, all to work together cohesively in one building. Cooperation and the willingness to adjust would be required from all departments, architects, interior designers and construction staff to achieve the goal of an effective facility.

The facility was in desperate need of a new ventilation system, due to the odor of marijuana in evidence storage permeating the entire building. Reception areas lacked adequate security and needed ADA-accessibility upgrades. Today’s law enforcement officer’s uniform and equipment has expanded in the last decades from a belt with holsters for their gun, ammunition and handcuffs to other equipment, helmets and body armor and pads. Officer lockers were too small to accommodate their current gear.

  • Area: 15,359 s.f. (main level); 10,544 s.f. (basement)
  • Cost: $3M
  • Completed: 2020

Renovation Process

During the six-phased construction renovation process, city staff occupied typically 65% of the building while security was maintained at all times. Space reallocation throughout two floors included office space for administrative staff, officers and support personnel.

A separate workout building adjacent to the main facility was also renovated with new interior finish upgrades. The building accommodates a quarter masters space, restrooms and a new parking lot.

Improvements

  • New HVAC system with improved ventilation

  • Space reallocation throughout two floors

  • Remove / replace windows for energy efficiency

  • Increase security with bulletproof glass and reinforced walls at reception

  • Police locker rooms upgrade with larger models to accommodate wearable equipment needed in today’s working environment

  • Evidence storage area upgrades included high-density shelving (on rollers) to store 35-50%more evidence

  • Finish upgrades and new furniture

  • Shooting range

  • An armory/gun maintenance/repair area

  • Multiple interview rooms

  • A large training/multi-purpose room

  • Officer report room via a hoteling layout

  • 19 additional parking spaces

  • ADA upgrades to existing restrooms

Before & After

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