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Pennsylvania State Police Philadelphia Headquarters and Maintenance Garage

Philadelphia, PA
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The new Pennsylvania State Police Philadelphia Headquarters and Maintenance Garage replaced a 50-year-old building with a modern, sustainable, and efficient facility on the same site. The complex includes administrative facilities and a five-bay municipal maintenance garage to service Troop K’s vehicle fleet. The exterior balanced mandated security solidity with visual interest. A ventilated curtain wall offers a sense of transparency while regulating HVAC usage. Ground-source heat pumps, energy-efficient systems, a green roof, and advanced stormwater management support sustainable design. The building plan maximizes security and troop efficiency with a primary bi-directional corridor through which personnel traverse between personal parking, locker and equipment rooms, and police vehicles (performing the route in reverse after shifts). A central open space on the administrative floor can function as a temporary regional command center during emergency events. The garage connects to the headquarters via an enclosed vehicle maintenance and circulation courtyard, for added security. A collaborative effort and phased construction brought the project to completion under budget and on a schedule accelerated midway to accommodate the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia.

Media Coverage

Building Enclosure: Blending Security, Transparency into High-Performing Facility

  • Client

    Commonwealth of Pennsylvania | PA State Police

  • Cost

    $16.8 million

  • Size

    54,000 total square feet:
    45,000 square feet of administration
    9,000-square-foot garage

  • Honor

    2017 CMAA Project of the Year: LEED/Sustainable Projects

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