Client: Haines City
Location: 502 East Hinson Avenue
Site: An existing building on a highway with surrounding commercial development.
Program challenge: To design a 14,000 square foot addition to a 10,000 square foot building to house the police department’s headquarters.
Solution: Rowe Architects Incorporated designed an economical and aesthetically pleasing workspace for police headquarters and finished it in materials that provide durability.
The firm’s solution adequately provided for many program elements including an administrative suite, lobby/reception area, armory, communications center, training facility, holding cells, physical fitness area, and more. The building’s interior partitions were constructed with non-load bearing drywall to allow for maximum flexibility and cost effectiveness as the department responds to future programmatic changes. The ceilings are a mix of suspended acoustical panels, suspended drywall, and exposed structure in the existing building. A hardened structure was also incorporated into the facility to provide an added layer of protection for the 911/communications center as well as an emergency operations conference room and its power and HVAC components.
Interior finishes were selected based on durability, ease of maintenance, function of the space, and aesthetics. Floor finishes respond to maintenance and usage. On the exterior, the use of a sloped roof defines the entry to orient visitors to the public entry.