The Minster Police Department is undergoing an exciting transformation that includes an addition and a renovation with an estimated completion date of July 24. This project is driven by a commitment to providing state-of-the-art facilities that not only meet the village’s current needs but also anticipate its future growth.
The initial concept was to create a clean, modern design that seamlessly integrated existing architectural elements with the new addition. This approach not only pays homage to the department's heritage but also breathes new life into the building's exterior. The visionary team led by GM architect Eric Schmiesing prioritized the balance of tradition with innovation.
The addition and renovation were envisioned to meet the evolving needs of the department. With a focus on incorporating cutting-edge technology and creating versatile spaces for growth, this project lays the foundation for a forward-thinking and adaptable law enforcement facility.
A critical hurdle was the requirement for an ICC-500 rated storm shelter, mandated by the Ohio Building Code. This posed a challenge for the design team, necessitating a creative solution to integrate this vital safety feature within the budget constraints. The answer to this challenge was to repurpose the new squad room for police officers as the designated storm shelter. This strategic choice not only met the code requirements but also ensures that even in the event of a storm, the police officers can continue to operate and provide essential services to the community.
In the design process, user experience and functionality took center stage. Several key features were incorporated to enhance the overall experience for both occupants and visitors:
- Larger locker rooms: Spacious lockers were installed to keep floors clutter-free, allowing for efficient storage of boots and supplies.
- Expanded evidence room: The evidence room received a substantial upgrade, providing ample space for secure storage and organization.
- Three-car garage and additional storage: This addition enhances operational efficiency by accommodating police vehicles and providing extra storage space.
- Training rooms: Equipped for educational learning and physical exercises, these rooms support the professional development and well-being of the department's personnel.
- Enhanced security: Both interior and exterior spaces were fortified to provide a more secure environment for officers and visitors alike.
- Updated finishes: The use of modern finishes not only adds a touch of sophistication but also instills a sense of pride among employees.
Project size: New addition = 3,846 sq. ft., Renovation = 4,900 sq. ft., Total = 8,746 sq. ft.
Estimated date of completion: July 2024
Lead GM designer: Eric Schmiesing
The Minster Police Department's addition and renovation project represents a significant step forward in providing a modern, adaptable and secure environment for law enforcement officers and the community they serve. With innovative solutions to design challenges and a keen focus on user experience, this project sets a high standard for law enforcement facilities.