Lead Agency / The State University Construction FundDesign / Perkins Eastman
Contractor / AP Construction
Budget /Project Manager / Charles Wellcome
The Purchase College University Police Department (UPD) will be relocating to the lower level of the Library. The new UPD facility will have a separate entrance from the Underpass on Lincoln Avenue, reducing UPD’s impact on academic activities in the Humanities building, and allowing that space to be returned to academic use.
The new facility, at 8,500 square feet, stands in stark contrast to the existing overcrowded UPD Facilities in the Humanities building. The current space is 2,500 square feet, but feels like a much smaller space with 29 UPD staff and equipment crammed into it. With faculty and staff offices located on either side of the current UPD – the Counseling Center and faculty offices to the south, and faculty offices to the north - it is an incongruous usage of space.
The new UPD facility will include state-of-the art communications and surveillance systems, ergonomic work spaces, and a more aesthetic environment to boost morale and productivity. The new facility will promote the true nature and capabilities of the Department, the team as a whole, and individually far more effectively than the re-purposed faculty offices that UPD has been crammed into for the last 28 years.
Planning for this project included visits to various other similar SUNY campuses with recently renovated UPDs to view first hand their current operations and facilities. Purchase College used these as the model for our new layout and design. In addition, Assistant Chief Peter Macaluso attended the 2008 International Association of Chiefs of Police Symposium on the Construction and Design of Police Facilities in Wilmington, North Carolina, held in the newly built (2008) Wilmington PD facility.
The new facility will be separated by function with administrative offices and conference rooms, a public waiting area, interview rooms, a communications/dispatch area, Officer’s areas for report writing, et cetera. The result is a well equipped, secure facility for UPD and for the Purchase College community that will help them achieve their mission of ensuring community and public safety in a comfortable, modern, and appropriate facility. The facility includes emergency power and HVAC systems so that operations can continue indefinitely in the case of a power failure.