City of Cincinnati Police District 3 Headquarters

City of Cincinnati Police District 3 Headquarters

2017 | Federal / State / County / Municipal | National Award — Excellence | National Award — Merit

City of Cincinnati Police District 3 Headquarters

Challenge Design-Build Project Delivery Addressed

The Cincinnati District 3 Police Station design-build project delivery provided multiple benefits, including the typical virtues of an integrated design/construction team, single point responsibility, schedule compression and competitive value. In addition, the City took advantage of the features of design-build that permitted an extended program criteria document and structured opportunities for interaction with City staff, police and neighborhood residents during the competition phase. This allowed the team to produce an informed and competitive proposal and set the stage for design and execution by a truly integrated team of owner, user, contractor, designer and community.


The 39,000-square-foot District 3 Cincinnati Police Station is the first LEED Platinum and Net Zero Energy Police station in the world. The facility expresses welcome and transparency with a quality, sustainable facility that supports modern Police operations. The team employed the collaborative benefits of design-build to integrate the City, the police and the community into the project development. The process maintained schedule and budget while enriching the goals, aspirations and realization of the project.

Design-Build Team

Client/Owner: The City of Cincinnati
Design-Builder: Messer Construction Co.
General Contractor: Messer Construction Co.
Architect: Emersion DESIGN
Engineers: Emersion DESIGN, CMTA
Specialty Contractors: Kastle Solar, Okeana Hardwoods
Specialty Consultants: White Design, Okeana Hardwoods
Duration of Construction: 15 months
Project Cost: $14,818,796