Project Description

Client:   City of New Orleans – Capital Projects Administration
Location:   3900 N. Claiborne Avenue – New Orleans, LA 70117
Building Area: 17,517 square feet
Year Completed:   2014
Value: $6,239,000
Architect:   Imre Hegedus and Associated Architects

The newly constructed Fifth District Police Station is a local, state of the art Police Headquarters facility serving the entire neighborhood.

The Challenges

This ground up, pile supported, fully sprinklered, steel structure was constructed not only to serve as the nerve center of Police operations in the district but was also constructed to serve as an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in the event of a hurricane or other disaster. The project required not only a full array of communications systems, security cameras systems, and IT interface from HQ, but also special antennae with ability to download information from squad cars from within a two mile radius as they approach the station, thus saving changeover time from shift to shift, allowing more time for police presence on the streets.

To meet the challenges required of an EOC, a 625KVA dual purpose diesel and natural gas generator was installed on a raised platform high above the base flood elevation to allow full operation of the building in the event of a power failure. Special features include colorful insulated aluminum panels as the exterior building skin and a large skylight in the main lobby allowing for natural light and reduced lighting during daylight hours. Further, integral exterior sunscreens reduce direct sun on the fenestrations. Two fenced and landscaped parking areas were constructed which allow for exiting the site from all four directions.