St. Petersburg Police HQ - Grand Opening Ceremony - March 22
The Grand Opening Ceremony of the new St. Petersburg Police Headquarters, 1301 1st Avenue N., will be held today, Friday, March 22, at 11 a.m.
During the ceremony, the U.S. Special Operations Command Parachute Team will land on 1st Avenue North to deliver the flags that will be flown over the new building. Mayor Rick Kriseman, Chief of Police Anthony Holloway, and St. Petersburg City Councilmembers will cut the ribbon to officially open the building. Volunteers will be on hand to guide visitors and point out the most interesting features until 4 p.m.
"This is more than just a new building. It is an illustration of so many of the things we value, including government partnerships, community, sustainability, resiliency, and public art. It should bring the residents of our city tremendous satisfaction to know we finally have a headquarters worthy of the men and women who protect and serve us. St. Pete will be an even better and safer place because of this new headquarters," said Kriseman, Mayor of St. Petersburg.
The $78.5 million project, mostly funded by Penny for Pinellas, includes a 168,000 SF building, a four-story parking garage, and a state-of-the-art Emergency Communications Center. The building can withstand a Category 5 hurricane and will house the City's Emergency Operations Center in times of crisis.
Public art will include Gladiolus at the entrance and Shielded inside the lobby, by local sculptor Mark Aeling. A third piece, Community DNA, by Catherine Woods, will be added on the 13th Street side later this summer.
The building's green features include a water cooling plant for high efficiency air conditioning, sensor-controlled LED lighting, automated water controls, reduced Urban Heat Island Effect through concrete parking and light-colored roof surfaces, and 1450 photo-voltaic (solar energy) panels on the parking garage roof. The panels generate enough power to run the systems for the garage and one third of the building space.