The design team of Architects Design Group (ADG) in association with Lavallee Brensinger Architects (LBA) was selected by the City of Dover, New Hampshire to design the new Dover Police Department Headquarters.
The new facility was designed for current and future needs of the ever expanding and evolving police department. The facility was built in the downtown core of Dover, a mature city that boasts the brick industry, with successful mill operations. Trees line the downtown sidewalks and arch over recently renovated storefronts.
One of ADG’s unique design solutions was to leverage premium building square footage. The facility provides flexible multi-use opportunities in concert with the defined spatial requirements. One specific example is the meticulous design of the sally port. Detainees can be brought into the secured booking and intake area without interfering with police vehicle storage or additional municipal parking.
This project focused on using space wisely and working with the community to find solutions to the multiple requirements, all while melding into the overall historic urban fabric design. Included in the space is a jointly accessible police and community parking garage, a viable community enhancement.
The architectural team envisioned the new Dover Police Department through the process of programming, site selection, and conceptual design services. They also provided added value in many areas of the project, while allowing for flexible and secure law enforcement operations.
The New Police Headquarters is comprised of the Police Administration, Uniform Patrol, Communications / Dispatch, Criminal Investigations Division, Evidence, Code Enforcement, Records, Booking and Intake, Professional Services, and an Emergency Operations Center. The Police Headquarters is 28,000 SF and the garage provides parking spaces for joint use by the public and law enforcement with two separate secured entrances for the police department staff only.