Located southeast of downtown Houston on a heavily wooded city park site, the project is an inter-agency collaboration between the Houston Police Department (HPD) and the Houston Parks Department. The design by RDLR and Roth Sheppard Architects meets the unique, secure nature of the HPD while becoming a vital asset to its community context. The project intends to be an inclusive yet functional example of public safety architecture. To align with HPD’s community policing initiative, space within the building was set aside for public use. Where previous examples of HPD facilities took on totalitarian aesthetics, this project is mindful of security requirements, but uses massing and materiality to project a more welcoming impression.
The project was awarded a 2020 AIA Houston Design Award.