Vanir provided the City of Tacoma with project and construction management and issue resolution assistance that led to the successful completion of a new, high-tech police headquarters.
The three-story, structural steel building has large curtain walls and a brick veneer with its atrium as a key feature.
Known as the first environmentally-friendly green police headquarters in the nation, the LEED Silver building includes many energy-saving features. Raised floors throughout the facility allow air to flow beneath the floors, resulting in high energy efficiencies. The design also allows for the maximum amount of available sunlight and includes a glass wall that enhances heating. Other environmentally-friendly features include the use of low-emitting materials with no harmful off-gases from glues, carpets or laminates; waterless urinals to minimize water flushing; and native landscaping that requires minimal watering.
New and improved after over a century
The construction of the new headquarters began during the year of the Department’s 119th anniversary. Throughout those years, the department only had one other building constructed. This new facility offers enhanced security, data and communications, which has improved efficiency of the police departments the building holds – operations, administration and short-term detention.