Bonner Springs, Kansas
After confirming program requirements and space needs, two viable sites for a new Government Services Center were selected and evaluated for further development: a greenfield site and an existing City-owned site occupied by a 1918 school building. This included an assessment of the proposed sites and existing school building and development of concept plan options. A public forum was held in conjunction with this planning exercise with feedback incorporated into the preferred concept design. The preferred concept includes the adaptive reuse of the historically significant school building for City Hall and construction of a new Police Station on an adjacent site.
Since historic tax credits were utilized, the adaptive reuse of the 1918 school building to create a new City Hall entailed the careful study of the building’s original significant spaces and features so the treatment of the historic spaces and finishes meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
The historic school building had been unoccupied for nearly 30 years thus necessitating a comprehensive rehabilitation of the building to bring it up to current standards for use as the new City Hall. New MEP/FP infrastructure utilizes original horizontal and vertical chases so as not to destroy historic spaces or finishes, craftsmen restored original polished concrete floors, plaster walls and stained woodwork, and the new council chambers and courtroom occupies the original school auditorium. An addition on the rear façade of the building houses a new elevator, enclosed staircase and building entrance which is visually connected to the Police Facility across the public plaza.
The new 13,800 SF Police Station building includes two levels. The upper level is the Administrative Level and includes the public lobby, training room, interview rooms and administrative ofﬁces. The lower level is the Operations Level and includes a processing/intox room, bonding, armory/weapons storage, evidence processing and storage, locker rooms and squad rooms. The Police Station also includes a sally port for detainee transport and to accommodate the City’s animal control vehicle and an ambulance unit.
Civic, Preservation, Public Safety