Projects Architecture

South Bend Police Headquarters and Training Facility

South Bend, Indiana

DLZ was commissioned by the City of South Bend, Indiana to provide survey, architectural and engineering design services for the new Police Department Headquarters and Training Facility.

The Police Department Headquarters was housed in the Municipal Services Facility along with the South Bend Fire Department and Street Department. After performing a complete Program Analysis of the Fire and Police Departments, it was determined that the existing facility would be renovated with the construction of a building addition.

The project is approximately 120,000 gross square feet, of which approximately 20,000 gross square feet is new construction. The site has been organized into four zones, linked together by an outer access drive.  The zones relate to the building program and provide for security as well as a clear circulation path.  Security cameras are strategically located throughout the facility. The primary focus of the building layout is to meet the needs of the staff and administrators, while also promoting service to the community.

The internal circulation is generous and straightforward. The public/community-use spaces are immediately adjacent to the main entrance. The auditorium/classroom forms the heart of the training wing; the Detective’s Bureau is designed around an open office layout. The main lobby and adjacent administrative areas are distinguished with high ceiling and open clerestory windows to create a modest yet distinctive public zone. The clerestory windows also provide natural light to the internal secured areas of the facility.

Site development included improvements of the existing 10-acre parcel of land. Landscape Architecture services included site planning, parking layout and design, circulation analysis, entrance plaza including site signage, security bollards/walls, planting plan, and automatic irrigation.

In addition, a new mechanical and emergency power system was provided to serve the 911 Center. The project included the development of a 300 seat tiered training room, several multi-purpose training rooms, a 25M pistol range, and entirely new finishes, windows, roofing, furnishings and equipment.