Ajax served as the Construction Manager for the City’s new Police Headquarters, which consisted of a new main building with an Administrative Wing and a Property & Evidence Wing, a parking structure and a central energy plant (CEP) on a 6.3 acre site.
The main building is a three story, 170,000 SF structure. This building houses the Property and Evidence Management Division, Forensics, Vice and Narcotics Property Unit, Mobile Field Force, Vehicle Evidence Processing, Tactical Apprehension Control, Public Access, Records, Uniform Services Bureau, Investigative Services Bureau, Administrative Services, the Communications Center which serves as the backup 911 center for Pinellas County, Office of the Chief, the Data Center for PO and ICS, the City’s Emergency Operations Center and other essential Police divisions. Work also included construction of a central energy plant, a 321 car, four level structured parking facility, surface site parking, secured perimeter fencing and access control system, and site civil requirements.
The Administrative & Property & Evidence building and the CEP was tilt-wall construction containing 11,000 CY of concrete, 700 tons of steel angles, columns and joists and 190,000 SF of deck. The parking garage is an 84,000 SF pre-cast concrete structure. The CEP houses chilled water-producing, high efficiency chillers, pumps, cooling towers and other mechanical equipment which will supply chilled water to the air handling units inside the main building. The facility is served by an emergency power system which services the critical operations areas in addition to life safety functions. The facility integrates leading edge technology, communication and audio visual systems. There are 1,450 photo voltaic panels on the roof of the parking garage which generate enough power to run the systems in the garage and one third of the building space. The entire facility will be designed to a 195 mph wind design criteria.
The project was designed within Green Globes protocol to produce a building with green construction, operation and management.