EAST PATROL DIVISION AND REGIONAL CRIME LAB | HELIX ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN
URBAN LAND INSTITUTE_KANSAS CITY / DEVELOPMENTS OF DISTINCTION / 2017
KANSAS CITY BUSINESS JOURNAL / CAPSTONE AWARD_COMMUNITY IMPACT / 2017
ARCHITECT OF RECORD
HELIX ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN
ASSOCIATE ARCHITECT / CRIME
KANSAS CITY MISSOURI POLICE DEPARTMENT
TALIAFERRO + BROWNE
BOB D CAMPBELL
SMITHGROUP / JJR
The Leon Mercer Jordan Campus, located at the corner of 27th and Prospect, serves as so much more than the East Patrol Division Station for Kansas City Police Department and the new Regional Crime Lab. The new campus, completed in spring 2016, is already having an impact for neighboring citizens by integrating spaces that foster relationships between KCPD and residents.
The campus represents an unprecedented investment in the Third District of Kansas City, Missouri, which since it’s opening has encouraged further development in the neighborhood and made a difference in the lives of many. The East Patrol Division Station houses a large community room, computer access lab and gymnasium specifically designed for public use – the vision of Police Chief Darryl Forté.
The design also incorporated several art pieces, two of which are located at the entrances of both the East Patrol Division Station and the Crime Lab facilities. The installations are architectural interpretations of artwork created by local artist Sonie Joi Thompson-Ruffin. The pieces, called Community Dignityand iNeema (located on the Crime Lab building), are inspired by American and African culture. Helix worked with Mrs. Ruffin to incorporate her art into the detailing of two glazed masonry feature walls, creating a visual of “quilts” on the front porches of these two campus buildings.
The large stand-alone piece outside the main public entrance of East Patrol Division Station is a result of Kansas City’s One Percent for Art program; artist David Dahlquist involved local youths and neighbors in its creation.
The new campus is anticipated to be a redevelopment catalyst for the Prospect Avenue Corridor and its surrounding neighborhoods. City Architect Eric Bosch said this unprecedented investment in the Third District of Kansas City and this neighborhood has already been reflected positively in other recent projects in the community area.
Another key aspect of the project is the way it improves efficiency for everyone who will use the facility, including police officers, employees and the general public.
The state-of-the-art Regional Crime Lab and the Property Evidence Depository were meticulously programmed to allow for a more efficient working environment for lab teams and other crime lab staff too. The new Crime Lab, a collaboration between Helix and Wellner Architects, is also better located to collect crime scene evidence and be in closer proximity to the Courts, saving time and money for the KCPD.
The project is considered a successful model for achieving and exceeding the city’s goals for minority business participation throughout the planning, design and construction process. Helix along with the City of Kansas City, Missouri and joint venture contractors JE Dunn and Alexander Mechanical, were proud to exceed the minority business enterprise (MBE) and women business enterprise (WBE) goals.
The project surpassed these goals, achieving to date:
MBE/WBE participation for professional service contracts = 40%
MBE/WBE participation for construction services = 30%
Section 3 participation for construction services = 16.6%
Overall MBE/WBE/Section 3 participation on the East Patrol Crime Lab = more than 52%
Overall Section 3 New Hires = 101
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