Creating A Municipal Campus
The new public safety facility is part of a new municipal master plan that includes town hall relocation and locating the new public safety building on the former town hall site. The new campus now includes Police, Fire, Town Hall and Senior Center.
Mill Building Vernacular
The design was influenced by the old mills of West Dedham while utilizing materials found in Dedham Square and other civic buildings. The design provides an architectural transition from the residential architecture prevalent along Washington Street into Dedham’s commercial square.
The close proximity of neighboring buildings and limited site area created an urban design challenge. Aside from the 50-foot-deep apparatus bay apron, the building helps define the edge of the street. The project took advantage of the sloping topography by designing a below grade parking garage, creating secure patrol vehicle, detainee transfer, and staff parking.