Buena Park Police Department

Buena Park, California

A state-of-the-art police facility completes community’s civic vision

Part of Buena Park’s Civic Center master plan, the police headquarters equips officers with a technologically-advanced facility and adds a new public plaza that connects the headquarters with the existing city hall.

The original police facility was antiquated and undersized. More than 50 percent of the largely windowless building was located underground. Outdated building systems underperformed and were inefficient. The City wanted the new building to feel open and welcoming for local residents.

The new 66,000-square-foot police headquarters features a dispatch center, Type-I detention facility, crime laboratory, evidence and property storage, firing range, community room, briefing room and a training room that converts to an emergency operations center. At the heart of these program elements is a two-story atrium that fills the building core with natural light for occupants, a sharp contrast to the original interior. For the building exterior, tilt-up concrete panels create a cost-effective, secure perimeter.

The integrated civic plaza strengthens the physical link between the police department and city hall. Landscape, hardscape and lighting features allow the plaza to transform into a dynamic outdoor event space. New pedestrian paths solve previous safety concerns. A memorial fountain in the plaza honors Buena Park’s fallen police officers and offers a quiet place for reflection.

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