The police headquarters was built to replace the nearly 60-year-old former headquarters of the city police department. Precast concrete allowed the building to establish a civic presence due to the solidity and mass inherent in the materials. It also allowed the design team to use color and character that could be harmonious with the historic city buildings directly to the north and west of the site, thus establishing the police headquarters building as an important part of historical and civic context of the site.
The use of precast concrete contributed to the overall sustainability goals of the project by reducing heat gain compared with a traditional curtain wall system, particularly on the west side of the building, where the heat gain is the most severe. Precast offered a significant cost savings relative to other materials under consideration during design, which allowed the client to meet the budget restraints of the project. In addition, the long-term durability and low maintenance requirements of precast allowed the project to be not only environmentally sustainable, but economically sustainable as well.