Architects Design Group (ADG) was selected by the City of Clermont, Florida to design the new Clermont Police Department Headquarters.
In order to provide the Clermont Police Department with the much-needed room to improve services and safety, and provide room for the increase in staff, Architects Design Group developed a spatial needs assessment, master plan, and site analysis for an addition and renovation to the existing Police Headquarters. Strategic planning included a new secure sally port, expanded temporary holding area, specialized property and evidence storage areas, and technologically advanced records retention area. Due to numerous issues including parking, cost to renovate the existing building, and community concerns, the addition and renovation approach was determined to be unfeasible.
The City then entered into a “Developer’s Agreement” to purchase a “pad ready” site from local developer. The design, construction documents, and permitting were completed for a new site. Contract issues with the developer and the cost of a “pad ready site” forced the project to be placed on hold again. ADG was contracted further to investigate an addition to the newly purchased City of Clermont Arts & Recreation Center. This option was also abandoned. Because time had lapsed since the original study, an updated spatial needs assessment was provided to the Police Department along with analysis of various sites. A final site was selected, and ADG proceeded to update the Construction Documents prepared for the new site.
The completed building is a two-story structure that includes an evidence processing lab, evidence bulk storage, a training classroom, temporary holding cells area and a sally port, in addition to the regular administration areas needed in a facility of this nature. The building has been programmed to satisfy the current and future needs of the Clermont Police Department to the year 2030. Since the Police Department is an essential facility, the structure has been designed with higher standards of construction than a regular commercial or residential construction type. The building has been designed to withstand 145 mph windloads with enhanced missile protection for all the openings to a Level “D” (9 lb. 2”x4” lumber propelled @ 34 mph). The construction type is concrete tilt-up panels for the walls and steel joists with metal deck for the roof.