City of Decatur, Police and Court Building

In Association with Rutledge + Alcock

McMillan Pazdan Smith is responsible for the design and documentation of the 34,000 SF, $8 million Police and Court Building in Decatur, GA. The new facility is one component of the Beacon Municipal Complex, a $20 million renovation and revitalization of the former Beacon School Complex.

The Police and Court Building maintains a physical separation from the other buildings, yet remains connected by a public green space that reinforces the Trinity Street urban edge. A large glass, two-story lobby presents a welcoming entry and serves as a physical expression of the department’s commitment to be available to the citizens of Decatur. The exterior of the building stands in harmony with the existing historic modernist façade of the original structures, yet it points toward the future of Decatur with contemporary materials and forms.

The Police and Court building is designed to meet the current demands of the department and allow for future growth. Planned to accommodate the latest technologies, it will house the City’s Police Department, an updated 911 Center, city records storage, new courtroom, flexible meeting space, evidence storage, secure inmate holding areas, workout and locker rooms, secured parking and a secured sally-port and delivery area.