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Georgia Tech’s innovative new police HQ aims to boost health and wellness

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The cops’ new digs will include lighting designed “to protect the circadian rhythm”

A rendering of the police department’s new home.
Bad guys, beware: the prominent campus addition planned for 10th Street.
Georgia Tech, via Saporta Report

Add another innovating building proposal to Georgia Tech’s roster.

The Midtown school’s police department has outgrown its headquarters, and the replacement office has been designed to boost health and wellness, according to Saporta Report.

Blueprints for the department’s new digs, to be developed at the corner of 10th Street and Hemphill Avenue, were sketched in compliance with the relatively new WELL Building Standard—made to improve the health and well-being of its projects’ occupants.

The new structure will replace Tech’s Campus Safety Building, the current police headquarters at 879 Hemphill Avenue, and will offer more meeting space than its predecessor.

The campus police department’s new home will feature “lighting systems that protect the circadian rhythm—so sleep is less disrupted—interior designs and artwork that calm the mind, and air handling systems that reduce air pollutants and airborne germs, according to a list of WELL standards,” per a press release.

In some ways, the WELL standards are more stringent than Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) regulations. Its air quality qualifications, for instance, are tighter than LEED’s.

Among its few WELL-certified projects, Atlanta’s highest-ranking development is Holder Construction’s 52,000-square-foot office in Cumberland.

Georgia Tech’s current police department is slated to be leveled and replaced with green space as part of the school’s Eco-Commons project.

The plot that will host the police department’s new offices is being assessed and is expected to be primed for summer construction.

The building is slated for a quick spring 2019 opening.