Design is almost complete on a new, 80,000-square-foot police headquarters for the city of Killeen, Texas. PSA-Dewberry is serving as the architect/engineer for the $22-million facility, which will enable the city to consolidate its police operations from four scattered buildings into one location on a sloping 15-acre site in south Killeen. The new headquarters is being designed to LEED®-Silver standards and will more than double the department's existing space.
Designed to complement the rural setting — a former cattle ranch with grasslands and limestone outcroppings — the police station will be constructed of textured concrete, Lueders limestone and metal panels. Angular, stone-clad forms will echo the limestone balcones, or overhangs, found throughout the region.
The building features a two-story, east-west spine that will house common staff areas, patrol, booking/holding, and investigations — all linked by a dramatic, sunlit, curving corridor. Three additional building sections radiate from the spine, including a three-story structure that will house the EOC, communications, records, the community room, the tech unit, special operations, personnel and training, a training room, and administration.
Sustainable design strategies will include a geothermal field HVAC system. PSA-Dewberry's previous work in police headquarters design includes the Jack Evans Police Headquarters in Dallas, which earned multiple awards and was the first LEED-Silver project to be completed for the city. Lee Lewis Construction provided preconstruction services and will serve as the construction manager-at-risk for the implementation phase. Completion is expected by mid-2009.