The renovation and expansion of the Kansas City Police Headquarters repositions the facility, originally built in 1938, for another 70 years of service to the community while respecting the character of the historic 100,000-square-foot structure. The addition of a “community room” on the 1st floor responds to the client’s goal of increasing organizational transparency and creating a welcoming first impression for the community. The addition was an opportunity to engage the historic Art Deco structure in dialogue with adjacent Brutalist Municipal Court buildings. The Art Deco pattern of the concrete roof structure is found throughout Police Headquarters in both ornamental and functional roles; its adaptation here allows for multi-directional cantilevers and supports the increased weight of the vegetated green roof. This structure is technically innovative and incorporates a custom engineered thermally broken beam and slab structure to allow visual continuity of the monumental roof structure.
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