NEW YORK POLICE ACADEMY
NEW YORK POLICE ACADEMY
Client: NYC Dept. of Design and Construction
Location: College Point, Queens, NY
Size: 730,000sf (first phase), 2,444,000sf (full-build)
Program: Academics, Office/Administration, Practical Training, Dining, Sports/Fitness
Cost: $656,000,000 (first phase)
Status: Completed 2015
Link to web content: Wall Street Journal, Architizer, Design Bureau
Key Roles: Anthony Fieldman, former Principal and lead project designer, Perkins+Will; Don Flagg, former Associate and senior project designer, Michael Fieldman Architects; Cory Zwerlein, former BIM manager, Perkins+Will
Perkins+Will, Architect of Record; Michael Fieldman Architects, architectural design consultant
Images: © R. Anthony Fieldman, unless otherwise noted.
As its first new home in 50 years, and its first-ever consolidated campus, the New York Police Academy will provide the 50,000-plus member NYPD with the most advanced law enforcement training facility in the world – one designed to flexibly respond to the NYPD’s ever-evolving training needs.
The comprehensive Master Plan – which will be implemented in phases, the first of which is in construction – fully utilizes the 35-acre site and comprises comprehensive academic, tactical and physical training facilities for recruits and in-service officers, including demonstration classrooms; specialty tactical gymnasia, an 8-story tall tactical village for simulation training, an emergency vehicle operators’ training course, and the world’s first three-story firing range. The program also includes administrative headquarters, visiting PD housing, dining, auditoria, and a new NYPD Museum.
On target to receive LEED Silver certification, the NYPA goes beyond the use of advanced energy reduction strategies, of which it has many, to improve on one of the city’s most pressing environmental issues – that of storm water management. With a combination of engineered and natural detention and filtration processes, the NYPA site’s 5-acre landscaped canal polishes all of the adjacent neighborhood’s storm water of toxins and oils before releasing it into the nearby Flushing Bay. This sustainability strategy also generates a landscape amenity for the campus: bisecting the site, its three crossings create water thresholds between buildings, while ample seating areas create place for quiet engagement at curriculum breaks.