NV5 served as Owner’s Project Manager during the planning, design, and construction phases of a new Police Station at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst to serve a community of more than 26,000 students and 6,000 employees on a campus of 1,400 acres.
The campus police department handles 30,000 calls for service each year by nearly 100 sworn officers and police cadets. The 3-level, 28,000 SF structure was designed to allow future growth of the department.
The design created an inviting and approachable facility while maintaining a high level of safety and security. The station, which operates 24/7, accommodates highly specialized police functions such as investigations, dispatch, booking, detention, and evidence processing/storage as well as fitness, training, and administration. The building also houses an Emergency Operations Center, which is equipped to serve as the campus central communications and operations planning center during local and national emergency situations.
The building was the first construction project on the campus designed to meet LEED standards and achieved Gold certification in part because of a geothermal HVAC system, which utilizes groundwater heat provided by water circulated though 16 wells, each drilled 500-feet deep below the site. Other sustainable design elements included the use of native species landscaping requiring no irrigation, an onsite storm water pond to reduce runoff, and integrated daylight and occupancy sensors.