The city of Mason hired MSA to conduct a space needs analysis for all city departments and facilities in order to respond to rapid growth trends. The Police Department was a major focus of the analysis due to anticipated increase in the number of officers and inadequate space and technology. MSA was then hired to design the new 126,000 sf Mason Municipal Center accommodating nearly all city departments and functions. Chief Ron Ferrell had a clear vision to provide a community-oriented facility and to provide the officers with the space, equipment and technology to meet all CALEA certification standards. The final police facility is well integrated into the overall government complex.
A number of design options were considered, with the final solution focusing on a two-story department organized around a centralized circulation system. There is clear and secure interior departmental circulation, as well as a convenient public access system, which effectively coordinates internal operations and overall public interaction. There are operational components, such as E.O.C. and holding facilities, that support all court and city administrative operations. The facility is monitored at all times with a supervised electronic locking system. The emergency operations center contains a separate electrical and mechanical system and is equipped with a communications infrastructure to accommodate future dispatching needs and/or and exterior mobile command center.