The University of Washington’s campus police serve nearly 68,000 students, faculty, staff, and visitors within the 700-plus-acre campus. This new 30,000-square-foot purpose-built facility supports the unique role and character of this agency in what is essentially a small city. The design solution is the result of intentional alignment with the police department’s main goals: the new central location improves visibility and vehicular access to main arterials while providing new program elements, such as suspect and evidence processing that support criminal procedure and investigation. This reduces response time and leads to an overall reduction in, and fear of, crime.
An elegant, highly visible law enforcement building that is well scaled to the community. The massing strategy is very successful at breaking down the building scale and expressing the building program elements.