The new City Hall and Police Department were constructed as two separate state-of-the-art facilities in the City’s historic downtown area. The buildings were joined by a focal entry canopy that rises above both structures, on the same site where City Hall once stood, but was torn down because of safety concerns. Elements included City Commission chambers, administrative offices, a new 911 dispatch room, secure CSI storage and records, as well as a police sally port and secure holding cells and processing areas. The site offered some interesting challenges. There was a ten-foot change in elevation from east to west so building entries were stair-stepped to accommodate this feature. To maintain design continuity, structural brick walls facing public streets were made to mimic the red brick facades of the surrounding historic buildings. Additionally, Ajax coordinated with the City for an existing street to be vacated for full site development.