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