Rhode Island State Police Headquarters
Scituate, Rhode Island
The unveiling of the new Rhode Island Public Safety Complex on October 22, 2010 marked the consolidation of the RI State Police (RISP) main headquarters in addition to supporting office departments such as the Criminal Investigation Unit (CIU), Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI), and Patrol, Detective and Administrative Bureaus. Another significant component to the complex is the inclusion of the new headquarters of Rhode Island's E-911 Primary Public Call Answer.
The exterior of the 56,400 square feet, three-story masonry building evokes the existing State Police Headquarters, with its formal Georgian style, as well as other barracks facilities located throughout the state—but the overall design incorporates contemporary building materials and construction techniques.
The facility layers levels of protection that start at the site perimeter and move inward to the interior of the building. Both passive and active security design strategies are implemented.
The new State Police facility includes a control and dispatch suite, five detective suites, five interview rooms, holding and processing for ten detainees, an evidence storage suite, CIU labs, vehicle bay exam, and a sally port. A 35-seat high-tech conference center was designed for multi-uses such as press conferences. The E-911 facility was designed to include 24-hour support facilities such as a break room, locker room and showers.
- 56,400 square feet with a $27 million construction cost consolidates outdated buildings and multiple functional groups under one roof
- Latest technologies for communications and traffic management feeds from highway cameras
- State-of-the-art emergency call and command center
- State-of-the-art conference center with wireless adaptability and high-tech audiovisual equipment
- Refined, Georgian style with modern, high-performance LEED design and construction
The 40-acre site is located in a RIDEM Critical Resource Area and both the On-site Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) and the stormwater treatment systems need careful design.
To provide fire protection to the facility, a 40,000 gallon fire water storage tank with a turbine fire pump is being provided. There will be over 1,200 feet of 8-inch ductile iron pipe and 460 feet of 6-inch ductile iron pipe in the distribution system.
Minimizing the amount of impervious surfaces, adding Water Quality Inlets, providing an Infiltration Basin, Sediment Forebay, and maximizing landscaped areas are all part of the stormwater management plan. Runoff generated from the proposed building roof, side and rear parking areas, and a portion of the site flow through closed drainage systems to an on-site infiltration basin. Runoff is treated prior to entering the infiltration basin with the use of water quality inlet structures and a sediment forebay. This captures and retains the bulk sediment loads prior to runoff discharging into the infiltration basin. The infiltration basin is designed to store the excess runoff from a 100-year storm event. Discharge for proposed conditions will not exceed the existing discharge rates of the 2, 10, 25 and 100-year storm events.
Since there was sufficient land to permit an above stormwater treatment system, an infiltration basin was selected to regulate runoff both rates and volumes up to the 100-year storm.