The Community Public Safety Building
The City of La Marque Police Department has been in need of a new facility for several years. Their current facility was originally built as a bank in 1971. The City bought and renovated the bank in 1990 to function and operate as the current location for the Police Department. However, from improper ventilation to overcrowding, the existing facility no longer supports the mission of La Marque PD. To facilitate the programming, planning, and design of a new facility, the City hired McLemore Luong.
The first phases of our scope of work included evaluating the existing facility and developing a building program that allowed for future growth. After developing the program, the stakeholders and design team again determined that the current facility does not support the PD's needs. Alternate sites were investigated, including existing buildings that the design team could renovate to accommodate the needs of the police department. It has been determined that the most desirable solution will be to demolish the current PD and rebuild a new Public Safety & Courts Building in its place. Blocking plans and room data sheets have been created in collaboration with all project stakeholders.
The current project status is that the City has appointed a citizens committee with which we have been asked to engage to ensure that the new facility's design supports the missions of PD and Courts and is in alignment with the core values of the community.