24th & 25th Police District Headquarters



This two-story, 46,000 square foot building is the new home of the 24th and 25th Police Districts and the East Division Detectives. The facility makes use of a 2 acre brownfield site in Feltonville, a light industrial sector of northeast Philadelphia within a mile of the existing, much smaller facility. Site preparation involved the removal of contaminated soil from leeching underground oil storage tanks which once occupied the property. The program includes approximately 25,000 square feet of office space for the administration and operation of the police and detectives, locker rooms and fitness facilities for staff, a cellblock with 25 cells linked to offender processing areas, a two-car sallyport, and two preliminary hearing courtrooms with a generous front lobby for public reception. The architecture is derivative of existing institutional buildings along nearby Allegheny Avenue . Monumental stairs ascend to three grand entrance portals of masonry and cast stone. The massing and symmetry give outward expression to the public function of the two centrally-located courtrooms, and the dual occupation of the building by the 24th and 25th Districts which flank either side. Its frontality distinguishes the public functions on the street side from the private and highly secure spaces toward the rear.

Complex circulation and secured links between prisoners, police, court staff and the public are achieved through careful design and sophisticated security equipment including card readers, door monitors, security cameras, and
closed- caption television. In addition to security concerns, the design included space planning for 170 workstations which incorporated telecommunications and teleconferencing equipment for the processing of arrestees.

Thermally-efficient and durable materials such as groundface block, glazed brick, insulated, heat reducing and bulletproof glass on the exterior, and concrete masonry, ceramic tile, terrazzo and epoxy resin floors on the interior, are critical to the sustainability, security and seamless operation of this round-the-clock facility.  


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