City of St. Petersburg Police Department Headquarters
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 entire facility is designed to 195 mph wind design criteria.
The main building is a three story, 168,780 SF structure. This facility houses the Office of the Chief, Administrative Services Bureau, Uniform Services Bureau, Investigative Services Bureau, Vice and Narcotics, Public Records Access, Property and Evidence, Vehicle Evidence Processing, Forensics, Tactical Apprehension Control, Mobile Field Force, City & PD Data Center, the City’s Emergency Operation Center, the Police Communications Center which also serves as the backup 9-1-1 call center for Pinellas County and Pinellas County Sherriff’s Dispatch operations coupled with the 150 foot Motorola Communications Tower that was upgraded and replaced as part of this project. The facilities are serviced by a 9,350 SF Central Energy Plant (CEP) with multiple redundant utilities ensuring the essential operations of the Police Headquarters. Work also included construction of a 321 car, four level structured parking garage with a 470KW photovoltaic panel array over the top deck.
The buildings contain site cast concrete tilt-wall elements with 11,000 CY of concrete, 700 tons of steel structure and 190,000 SF of metal deck. 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. The parking garage is a 115,992 SF precast concrete structure with 1,450 photovoltaic panels over the top deck that generates enough power to run the systems in the garage and one third of the building space.
The project was designed and constructed within Green Globes protocols and certified to 3 out of 4 Green Globes and has produced a sustainable facility for City operations and management for the life of the buildings.