"The 100,000-SF Orlando Police Department Headquarters serves as a major catalyst for urban growth while integrating itself into the historic neighborhood, the Parramore District. The entrance plaza is located at the most prominent corner of the site and welcomes public visitors through the north public entrance. The building features a community meeting room for up to 320 people, a 4,500-SF gymnasium, real-time crime center, and over 35,000 SF of office space for every bureau within the police department. The meeting room is a multi-purpose space with an adjacent warming kitchen and chair storage space offering the flexibility to accommodate a full range of uses from graduation banquets for the police academy and other community meetings.
Since its completion in 2017, the OPD Headquarters has seamlessly integrated itself into the historic neighborhood of the Parramore District while also serving as a catalyst for new urban development along the Orange Blossom Trail (OBT), a major commercial artery. Located on the corner of OBT and South Street, the grand public entrance welcomes visitors to the LEED Silver Certified facility. The taller 3-story office portion of the building extends along OBT utilizing the busy street with its commercial presence. The single-story portion of the headquarters is adjacent to the residential neighborhood and has a reduced scale in order to minimize impact to that neighborhood.
With it’s wings of protection, the public sculpture garden and the adjoining 320 seat Community Room serve as a meeting space and symbolic a safe haven for both the Parramore neighborhood and for the City of Orlando community at large. The Community Room is a multi-purpose space with an adjacent warming kitchen and chair storage space offering the flexibility to accommodate a full range of uses from graduation banquets for the police academy as well as local community meetings and public gatherings. The Orlando Police Department Headquarters allows for many community engagement activities and mentoring programs to take place within the building and its central location facilitates interaction with law enforcement within community."
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