Northglenn Justice Center
Northglenn Justice Center
The new Northglenn Justice Center is now in the design phase of the process, and it’s looking awfully good.
Since Hoefer Wysocki Architecture LLC was contracted to create the design this February, they have been hard at work designing a building that will meet the needs of the Police Department, Municipal Court and the residents of Northglenn into the future.
Because the building will overlook Interstate 25 and be highly visible, we are creating a landmark – one residents and travelers will identify as being with the city of Northglenn. The building will be two stories, with the Municipal Court and police functions requiring public access on the main floor, and police functions not requiring public access on the bottom level.
The new center will be on a six-acre site owned by the city in the area of 112th Avenue and Community Center Drive, near the water towers.
A new center has been needed for some time, as the current space simply became too small and the existing infrastructure is unable to accommodate modern police standards.
A 2014 assessment identified spatial and functional needs and the plan for a new building started to move forward.
The cost of the building is $18M; additional ancillary costs put the total in the $21-$23M range. Completion will be in early 2018.
A public open house and tours will be held after completion so that everyone can see the new Justice Center.
1. Why does Northglenn need a new police station?
Over the years, the current space has become too small. Built in the early 1980’s, the building is beginning to show significant signs of age. The aging mechanical systems, and the size and configuration of the space simply don’t meet the needs of the department, or modern police department standards.
2. What about the municipal court? Why is that moving with the new police station?
The Council Chambers and municipal court room are currently one in the same. At one time, each had a separate space within City Hall, as is the general standard. Due to a lack of space in the building, about ten years ago the chambers and courtroom were combined into a multipurpose space. This creates challenges in both the scheduling and functionality of the room. Having court co-located with the new police station will be efficient for residents and visitors.
3. How was the location on 112th Avenue selected?
All available property within the city was reviewed and subsequently narrowed down to two viable options; the current civic center campus on 118th Ave. and Community Center Drive, and the area near the water towers on Community Center Drive/112th Avenue overpass. Based on safety considerations, site access, and the space needed, the site on Community Center Drive/112th Avenue was the most favorable. This site provides a centralized location for police services. The extra space gives us the added opportunity to make the new center pedestrian and neighborhood friendly.
4. This new police station will be close to residential neighborhoods. How will it impact those who live there?
One of the priorities in the design process for the facility is that construction and subsequent operations minimally impact the surrounding neighborhood. Residents who live in the neighborhood were invited to a well-attended forum in November 2015. After listening to why a new facility is necessary, and how the city intends to create greater connectivity with the neighborhood, the reaction from those in attendance was positive and supportive.
5. How much will the new police station cost and where will the funding come from?
$2.5M was earmarked for site analysis, the engineer’s estimate of probable cost, and architectural and engineering costs. The cost of the building is $18M; additional ancillary costs put the total in the $21-$23M range. The city has identified several funding sources and options that will be further explored during the design process for building construction.
6. When the police department and court move out of city hall, what will happen to that space?
The court room will continue to be used for city council meetings, city events, and other meetings. We are looking at adaptive re-use of the area currently occupied by the police department.
7. What is the timeline? When will the new Northglenn Justice Center be completed?
The full design of this complex facility is expected to take ten to twelve months. The construction project will go out to bid early in 2017. Construction will take a little over a year, so the plan is to have a completed and operational facility before the end of 2018.
8. Is the city going to build a new Rec. Center and City Hall?
The current Civic Center Master Plan project is underway and will address this question. It is anticipated the plan will be complete in 2016. Community members can track the progress of this project at http://www.northglennciviccenter.org/index/php.
9. What’s the next step in the development of the Justice Center?
The design phase is next. After an extensive process and search, the city recently contracted with Hoefer Wysocki Architecture LLC (HWA), a company specializing in the design of police stations and other municipal buildings. While HWA is located in Kansas, they work with cities across the country and will collaborate with several Denver-based companies during the design of the Justice Center.
10. How will the city keep us informed about the design and construction process of the new Justice Center?
The city will put updates in the Connection (our community newsletter), on the city’s website, and on social media. There will also be a public open house, a meeting where residents can come and see the drawings and plans for the new building, ask questions, and learn about the process. In addition, the city will distribute information via email to those that request it. To be added to this email distribution list, please sign up at www.northglenn.org/enews.