The design of the new Newtown Police facility stemmed from the adaptive reuse and renovation of the existing one-story commercial facility, with a small detention addition. The brick exterior was renovated to alleviate the facility from its low, horizontal impression. This was accomplished by removing the existing batten and seam metal wall panels and replacing it with ribbed panels above the small windows and flat, horizontal panels in between. Along with the slight color change between the wall panels, a rhythm was created to reduce the impact of the low, horizontal image. The projecting entry addition was clad in the ribbed panels on top of manufactured stone veneer. Coupled with a large glass entry with a canopy allowing natural light to spill into the adjacent Records and Communications rooms, the public entry announces itself within the rhythmic pattern of the horizontal façade.
Atop the building sat two existing clerestory window monitors. These were reused to focus a sense of openness within the center of the building providing a central axis. The axis accentuated the breakroom and staff conditioning room allowing the building to be organized with a perimeter corridor wrapping around this central core. The small, but plentiful windows permitted natural light to permeate the offices arranged at the exterior of the building.
The bold color palette took its cues from the department’s seal, which was also the inspiration for a unique, three-dimensional metal art piece featured in the main lobby. The deep, saturated blues are continually juxtaposed by moments of crisp white and accents of cheery yellow. The dark hues, along with a rich wood tone gives the entire building a classic feel that can withstand the test of time. While more whimsical materials, such as the modeled teal subway tile, and modern pendants in the break room keep the space looking fresh and lighthearted.
Form and Function:
- Dual-bay sallyport, various types of detention cells, secure evidence processing and storage areas.
- 1,200 SF community room available for public activities/ meetings located in a “less secure” section of the building, making for simpler public access and engagement within the facility.