Designing a Police Department Facility to Better Serve the Community

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This week marks a big milestone in Michigan City Community – the opening of the new Michigan City Police Department. And American Structurepoint is so thankful and honored to be a part of it.

On Aug. 1, police department staff reported for duty at their new 42,000-sft, state-of-the-art facility that American Structurepoint designed. A dozen members of our Architecture + Interiors design team worked hand-in-hand with Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer and Police Chief Mark Swistek to design a facility that provides a high level of safety and security while also enhancing public interaction.

Our team designed the police department as an inviting place for the surrounding Eastport neighborhood. It features a park, basketball courts, and two police-themed playgrounds for children. We designed the department’s training room and fitness center to face toward the adjacent Cleveland Park, which lends a protective gaze to the area where families and their children will gather to play and socialize.

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The American Structurepoint design team poses with Mayor Ron Meer and Police Chief Mark Swistek at the MCPD dedication. From left to right: Mike Hoopingarner, Joseph Fragomeni, Dan McCloskey, Rick Conner, Mayor Meer, Chief Swistek, Brandon Hoopingarner, and Kyle St. Peter

The new building offers increased work space for almost every facet of the department. The roll call and evidence rooms are more than double the size of its previous space while the garage is about three times bigger.

The design also offers sustainability. More than 140 solar panels on the roof help generate power.  Other energy-efficient elements include using LED lighting wherever possible and providing many opportunities for daylighting to enter the new building. We included indigenous, water-efficient landscaping. Our design team also laid out the site to protect almost 90 percent of the mature trees.

Not only that, the entire project came in under budget and ahead of schedule. Projects just don’t get any better than that. Congratulations to the entire Michigan City community for a job well done!

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