In September 2020, WPI finished work on the Salem Police Department in Salem, Oregon. Salem PD had long been divided between City Hall and off-site spaces leased by the city. The three story, 104,000 square foot building designed by the DLR Group remedies this situation and brings the department together into one cohesive space. This state-of-the-art police station includes evidence storage, fully functioning crime lab, emergency response vehicle storage, advanced training spaces and the City of Salem Emergency Operations Center. Other features include a community meeting room, public lobby and an outdoor plaza, which provides the community an inviting civic building while maintaining secure facilities for police operations. A 77,000 square foot parking garage adjacent to the building allows for secure parking of 250 vehicles. To learn more about the new Salem Police Department click here.
This project presented new and interesting challenges for WPI. In certain areas, the facility needed to be built with protection in mind. Because of this our team installed 110 1-3/8″ thick ballistic panels in various wall systems; each panel weighed 448 pounds and created quite a test for our crew. The panels are an important factor as they provide a secure boundary between public areas and office space areas. Our skilled craftsmen utilized a suction lift, traditionally used for glazing installation, to lift the cumbersome panels into place. Additionally, our team installed architecturally intricate exterior framing, which had to meet stringent seismic requirements. The installation required a team of highly-skilled trade workers to maintain a flawless “backbone” for the structure.
The project stands out because it blends the needs of the Salem Police Department with the needs of the community. It is architecturally appealing as well as functional and our team made sure these two ideas were a priority throughout the construction process. We knew this project would be an opportunity to promote public relations with the Salem Police Department and provide public servants with the resources they need to be successful for their community. Our team made sure to deliver exactly what was needed to make this project a success.