Cincinnati Police District 3

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  • District 3

Cincinnati Police District 3

The City of Cincinnati commissioned emersion DESIGN as part of a design/build team to design and construct the District 3 Police Station Headquarters. This new 40,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility, located on the City’s west side, will allow 200 of Cincinnati's finest to better respond to citizens' needs in the 14 western neighborhoods of District 3. Additionally, this headquarters is on track to become the first free standing Net-Zero-Energy police station in the country. Working with the police staff, neighborhood committees, and city planners, aggressive goals were set to reduce life-cycle cost of the building while maintaining function for police activities, security for occupants, and an aesthetically appealing design within the community.

The project acts as a catalyst for appropriate means to integrate both environmental and community sustainability. Paying particular attention to notable existing buildings in the 14 District 3 neighborhoods, features from each were transformed to create a city building that meshes into the fabric of the existing community. Community engagement, through neighborhood committees, factored into the design process as well as public art within the building and on the surrounding site.

Net Zero Energy

LEED Platinum pending

1 Percent Art Program

Community facilitation

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

City of Cincinnati
Energy use intensity
26.6 kBtu/ft2
Project contact
Michael Chapman
project manager
513 841 3084
The project included a public art component. Each of the 14 neighborhoods in District 3 is identified with an iconic image and community story expressed on Plexiglas blade and mounted to a precast column. The blades are lit by colored LED lights.
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The owner, contractor and design team worked with a Community Advisory Team to identify and design 4 art components integrated into the police station. A solid surface topographical map is positioned in the public waiting area. Icons are identified as part of the neighborhood wayfinding.
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The committee met the design team 12 times to work through the various art components. Neighborhood icons were selected to be printed on a film and installed on the windows of the community room, which can be seen from Ferguson Road.
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The committee also desired an enhanced landscape package. The rainwater is collected in a stone 'river' and enhanced bioswales to allow for aquifer recharge and filtration before reaching the overflow.
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