Arvada Police Community Stations

Feasibility Study + Design

As part of the ongoing pursuit to serve the Arvada community, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture completed a planning charette in 2009 to develop a prototypical police substation for the Arvada Police Department. The initial plan provided for two substations to serve the northeast and western sectors, with a potential third substation to be developed as demand required. This approach is consistent with overall population trends within the city and with the police department’s commitment to working closely with and being accessible to the community it serves and protects.

In 2012, BRS was selected to provide full design services for the initial two Arvada Police Community Stations. Each high-tech, 9,500-s.f. building includes an expansive lobby area with seating and a front desk/control point, several offices, a community room, a conference room, interview rooms, locker rooms with showers, evidence and equipment storage, shared and private break rooms, and a fitness area. The inviting lobby features large windows that wash the room with daylight, elegant beetle kill accents around the front desk, pendulum lighting and stained, polished concrete floors.

The community stations are the product of the Arvada Police Department's new decentralized, community-based policing model. According to the department's website, the model "embraces a new way of organizing the department to make it more fluid, collaborative, networked and responsive to the community." BRS is honored to have been granted the opportunity to play such an integral role in the implementation of the forward-thinking initiative.

Both of these facilities have received LEED® Gold certification for sustainable design and energy efficiency.

Project at a Glance


Arvada, Colorado


City of Arvada


$8 Million ($4 Million Per Station)


9,500 s.f. (Per Station)


February 2014


ENR Mountain States Merit Award
2014 Best Project – Small Project (Under $10 Million)

City of Arvada Certificate of Recognition

LEED Status

LEED Gold Certification

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