Miami Police Department seeks ‘state-of-the-art’ new headquarters

The Miami Police Department filed a qualification application last week seeking an architect to design its new headquarters.

In addition to integrating LEED concepts, the new room should be “iconic, state-of-the-art and modern” and, according to the RFQ, remain “functionally relevant” for at least 50 years. The new design consists of five components: (1) administrative offices; (2) Central District Substation; (3) common room; (4) Adequate public parking spaces and parking spaces for employees; and (5) Property / Evidence and Crime Preservation Laboratory.

The current complex, built in 1975 and located at 400 Northwest Second Avenue east of I-95, has faced a variety of problems. Problems include water leaks, mold, and air conditioning problems, according to a Miami Herald article last January.

According to the tender, two goals should be achieved with the new design. The first is that it “has to define the city and immediately become synonymous with Miami, much like the Empire State Building is synonymous with New York City”. Second, the design should “reflect the community-oriented police philosophy of MPD”.

A voluntary proposal conference will be held on November 28th and proposals must be submitted by January 9th.

You can find the full request here.

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