In partnership with Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Neighborhoods Alive program and the Chicago Police Department, the Public Building Commission is building new police stations in several communities across the City of Chicago. The new facilities, replacing outdated stations that in many cases are 50 years old, feature the most up-to-date technology available while helping officers delivery outstanding service to the communities they protect.
The new stations use a prototype design, with 44,000 square feet incorporated into a layout that offers open floor plans and inviting interiors, as well as community meeting spaces and neighborhood relations offices. Not only does the design control costs and streamline the building process, it delivers a police station that can serve as a cornerstone of the community, attractive and inviting to residents, and comfortable and efficient to officers.
The community participation fostered by the new district station is consistent with the Police Department’s Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) program. Building on traditional policing by incorporating problem-solving activities as a primary responsibility of beat officers, the CAPS community policing model works with residents and other institutional stakeholders to identify and prioritize problems affecting the beat and to develop solutions to those problems. Further, the designs for all new police stations include features that qualify the building for certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.
As each new station is built, the individual neighborhoods will also benefit from considerable infrastructure improvements surrounding the facility, such as attractive landscaping, new alleys complete with secured trash compactors, and improved sidewalks, sewers, streetlights and traffic signals.