City of Decatur, Police and Court Building

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In association with Rutledge + Alcock (now Office of Design)

Certified: LEED by the US Green Building Council

McMillan Pazdan Smith is responsible for the design and documentation of the 34,000 SF Police and Court Building in Decatur, GA. The new facility is one component of the Beacon Municipal Complex, a 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 and availability to the citizens of Decatur. The exterior of the building stands in harmony with the original structures’ historic modernist façades, yet it points toward the future of Decatur with contemporary materials and forms.

The building is designed to meet the current demands of the department and allow for future growth. Planned to accommodate the latest technologies, it houses 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 sallyport and delivery area.