Location: Wenatchee, WA
The City of Wenatchee recognized the need for changes and updates throughout the existing police department, resulting in a bond passed by the public to build a new Police Station. The design team was led by Tom Bassett while he was a principal at another firm and also included Lenka Slapnicka. After extensive planning with the Police Department and other city departments, a functional, efficient program was developed that strengthened the relationships and fluidity between each division of the Wenatchee Police Department. As a result of phasing the construction schedule and carefully monitoring the budget, the new Police Station broke ground in 2004.
A major challenge was fitting a large (39,000 SF) building on a compact (24,000 SF) downtown lot with significant slope from front to rear. In addition, the program called for an open inviting feeling, while remaining secure. The surrounding neighborhood consists of historic buildings, on both the Wenatchee and National Registers of Historic Places. A 1% for Public Art budget was used to incorporate art throughout the building and on site.
The resulting building is a three-story masonry and steel building with parking located both in the building and at an adjacent parking lot. The program consisted of a new police facility with records department, administration, secure evidence storage, patrol, detective and neighborhood outreach departments, locker rooms and exercise area, sally ports, evidence processing areas, and an emergency management center. The RiverComm E-911 Center consists of a large dispatch area, offices and support areas.