City of Cincinnati Police District 3 Headquarters
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The District 3 Headquarters project transforms a site that was almost entirely covered with asphalt into a welcoming civic and sustainable landscape. The site plays a major role in creating a neighborhood-friendly police station while contributing toward the project’s LEED Platinum certification. A dynamic entry plaza echoes the character of the building, creating an inviting arrival experience and community gathering space for commemorative events. The plaza integrates art pieces that acknowledge the 14 neighborhoods that comprise District 3. In response to the community’s interest in a sustainable landscape approach for the site, native plants were selected to provide habitat for local species, to reduce future City maintenance, and to increase the chances of plant establishment. Situated at the headwaters of the Lick Run watershed, the site includes several green infrastructure features to collect, temporarily store, and clean runoff before it is released into the stormwater system. A limestone channel on the south side of the building celebrates the location of a stream that once ran though the property. This feature collects stormwater from the building roof, via a rain chain, and coveys it to a rain garden. The landscape exemplifies how a civic asset can express community values through design.