Monday, October 4, 2010

MHAworks wins Award of Merit

The City of Durham Police Department Downtown District Substation and Forensic Lab designed by MHAworks was recognized with the Golden Leaf Award of Merit on Thursday Evening, September 30th. The Golden Leaf Awards for Community Appearance recognize the best contributions to the community. The goal of the award is to encourage better designed and maintained properties. The Durham Police Substation was rewarded recognition in the community property category for projects that enhance the appearance and livability of highly visible public properties.

MHAworks completed the planning and design of converting the existing City of Durham Police Station into the 14,000 sf District Police Station and Forensic Laboratory. The firm managed the following tasks on the project: site access and exterior building improvements; building scope evaluation; interior space layout including inventory and layout of furnishings; specs for new systems and laboratory product; roof replacement design; plumbing, mechanical and electrical system design; site and interior utilities coordination; interior finish selection; design of forensic laboratory including ballistics and coordination with laboratory components.

The project showcases modern amenities and technologies for the police employees, citizens, and visiting guests. The existing facade has been rejuvenated with a unique canopy and a modern fenestration. The glass clad entry that juts out from the building face helps breakdown the buildings mass. The entry’s transparency from the street create a more “inviting” approach and help to enhance the pedestrian experience along Rigsbee Avenue.
A creative and innovative solution in bringing
new life to a rather ‘tired building’ – Judge’s comment

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