The building program for the new Chippewa Falls Police Station called for a facility that would provide for the needs of a police department staff comprised of 25 sworn personnel and 10 civilian employees. The City of Chippewa Falls, a community of 13,000 people, needed a facility that would serve the police force, provide for future expansion, and be secure as well as inviting to the public.
The site for the police station was small, steeply sloped, and located at the edge of the central business district and close to a residential neighborhood. Because of this, the design of the two-story, 17,000-square-foot facility drew heavily on and was sensitive to the style of the buildings in the neighborhood, specifically two churches that share the intersection with the police station.
The building program mandate was that the new police station meet high standards for the safety and security of its occupants. This mandate has been addressed throughout the building. In addition to the separation of the administration and public areas for safety, security, and confidentiality purposes, the building structure features a retaining wall in front of elevated windows to screen the building occupants from possible public drive-by assaults.