Saskatoon, SK

Saskatoon Police Service Headquarters

Project Details

Value:

$103 Million

Completion:

2015

Size:

350,000 sq. ft.

Services:

Prime Consulting, Architecture, Interior Design, Construction Contract Administration, Sustainability Consulting

The Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) Headquarters is a purpose-built facility designed to accommodate the anticipated growth of SPS personnel over the next 10-15 years, accommodating up to 800 staff members. It is strategically located to provide efficient access to all areas of the city, serving as a central presence. The facility encompasses both open public areas and secured spaces for SPS use, aiming to maximize usable space.

Going beyond its role as an operational centre, the SPS Headquarters was conceived with the broader community in mind. The design emphasizes creating a welcoming, safe environment for the public while ensuring the security required for modern police activities. The facility includes specialized components tailored for a major police headquarters, such as secure detention areas, forensics labs, a complete canine unit, a 911 communications center, education and training facilities, and a full indoor training range for firearms. These secure and specialized spaces are complemented by areas designed to cater to the needs of the public and civilian staff through common areas and office spaces situated separately from secure zones.

Significant attention was devoted to enhancing indoor quality to promote occupant well-being while maintaining energy efficiency. The design incorporates features like optimal glazing with sunshade techniques to provide natural daylight without unwanted heat gain or glare. Environmentally friendly interior finishes were chosen to align with sustainability standards and support occupant health. The building’s mechanical and electrical systems were carefully selected with an emphasis on energy savings, achieving a remarkable final energy savings rate of 53% better than the MNECB 1997 for New Construction base building. Moreover, the facility achieved a 47% reduction in water use through the integration of ultra-low-flow fixtures, and it received LEED Silver certification, surpassing the sustainability requirements set by the City of Saskatoon.

The project was delivered in collaboration with CS&P Architects and EllisDon, utilizing a Design-Build model.


Awards and Publications

  • Premier’s Awards of Excellence in Design, Honourable Mention – Integrated Design (2015)
  • Premier’s Awards of Excellence in Design, People’s Choice – Integrated Design (2015)
  • Saskatchewan Masonry Design Awards, Award of Excellence (2016)