SustainabilityLEED Gold (first LEED Gold building for the City of Boston)
AwardsJustice Facilities Review, Design Citation, 2014
Phoenix Award for Brownfield Redevelopment, 2013
AIA New England, Design Citation, 2012
BSA Honor Award, 2012
Boston Preservation Alliance, New Construction in Harmony with Boston’s Built Environment; 2012
The first city investment in the revival of Boston’s “other downtown,” the Nubian Square Police Station reflects the site and the mission of the Boston Police Department to provide an open, welcoming, and secure place for the community.
Facing the center of Nubian Square (formerly Dudley Square), the glazed glass public lobby and double height community room create a clear invitation to public entry and impart a sense of welcome and arrival to the station. At night, the luminous entry corner acts as a beacon to the community. The anchor for future development in the area, the Nubian Square Police Station is centrally sited, across from the Nubian Square transit station, Library, and Courthouse.
Beginning at the entry corner, the building is organized in increasing levels of security. On the first floor, the spaces move from public to private: public lobby, police operations, booking and the cell block. The community room and other community related offices are directly accessible on the second floor from the corner entry. The third floor is devoted to locker rooms and a physical fitness space.
Sustainable strategies are fundamental to the design concept. The compact floor plan and central core maximize natural air flow, daylight, and views. Additional strategies include a green roof and storm water retention tanks, high performance exterior envelope and glazing, and an underslab ventilation system. The new Nubian Square Police Station is the first LEED Gold building built by the City of Boston.