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121st Police Precinct


Staten Island, New York<br style='line-height:2px'>New York City Department of Design and Construction

To meet the need for an expanded law enforcement presence in Staten Island, the New York City Police Department (NYPD), in tandem with the City’s Department of Design and Construction, commissioned the 121st Police Precinct Station House, the borough’s first new precinct in 50 years. HAKS, in joint venture, provided CM/build services for the state-of-the-art building, designed by world-renowned architect Rafael Vinoly.

The $55 million, 50,000-square-foot structure responds to the challenges of an irregular site with two distinct volumes—a two-story stainless-steel structure and a one-story brick structure. A skylight over the interstitial space between them brings daylight into the interior. The two-story structure features a 95-foot cantilever that extends out to Richmond Avenue, symbolically reaching out to the community. Outdoor mechanical services are integrated into an enclosure that is aesthetically pleasing, reduces noise emissions and facilitates maintenance.

The Precinct, which opened on July 1, 2013, is the city's first environmentally friendly station house and achieved LEED Silver certification in January 2014. The stormwater system uses vegetative swells as sediment removers to reduce the release rate and prevent sewer system flooding. Five bioretention cells capture rainwater and reduce the amount of water entering the sewer system. These innovative techniques, combined with water-conserving fixtures, will help the project reach a predicted 30% water use reduction.

The project received the 2014 ACEC-New York Platinum Award for Engineering Excellence, the 2013 Society of American Architects New York Council Civic Excellence Award for contribution to the public realm and the ENR 2013 Award of Merit in the Government/Public Building category.