The City plans to build a new police station with a multistory parking structure at a different location than the current north-end station near North Seattle Community College. "Predesign" – the first step in designing and building this new facility – involves many things, including:
- evaluating zoning requirements and whether a potential site can accommodate planned structures;
- understanding how the Seattle Police Department wishes to operate in a new facility and what kind of space is required for current and future needs; and
- confirming the scope of the project fits within the project's budget.
The City is assembling an architecture and engineering team so building predesign can begin this year, instead of waiting for purchase of an actual site. SRG Partnership, chosen through a competitive "Request for Qualifications" process, is leading the architecture and engineering team. To further accelerate the schedule, per City Council direction, the facility will be constructed under the GC/CM process (general contractor/construction manager selected early in design process vs. traditional design-bid-build). FAS anticipates having the general contractor on board by next fall.
The preliminary plans for a new North Precinct Station, which will be reviewed and confirmed during predesign, call for:
- A 60,000+ square foot building with a useful life of 30 to 50 years that will accommodate up to 370 officers and civilian staff.
- A building constructed to essential facility standards capable of withstanding an earthquake load higher than most buildings. These design specifications affect most components of a building to ensure an essential facility remains operable after an earthquake.
- Community meeting space that also can be used as an operations center in case of a disaster.
- On-site, multistory parking for patrol cars, visitors and staff.
- LEED Gold facility that includes public art.
The project team shared program and site information at the Seattle Design Commission meeting on May 15. The commissioners offered additional ideas for the design team to consider. The Seattle Design Commission advises the Mayor, City Council and City departments on the design of capital improvement projects, as well as projects on City land, in the City right-of-way or constructed with City dollars.
The City will decide what to do with the old station through its normal property disposition process.