The City of Durham held a private grand opening for the new Police Headquarters on the October 17 and a community grand opening three days later.
During the private event, LeChase was an honored guest, recognized by city officials as being a fantastic collaborative partner. The team delivered the project on time and under budget and substantially exceeded diversity goals – achieving nearly 50% participation. Marcus Tuttle, LeChase project executive, led private tours both for the media earlier that day as well as for guests during the evening event.
“LeChase did a fantastic job collaborating with all stakeholders, including the city and the designers – O’Brien Atkins,” said Jina Propst, assistant director for the City of Durham, General Services Department. “Through this shared effort and integrated approach, the project came in under budget, while also achieving a remarkably high level of minority- and women-owned business participation and local Durham subcontractor participation.”
LeChase was also present for the community grand opening, which was highly publicized and offered residents guided tours of the facility.
The new headquarters consolidates police functions—including all police and emergency communications functions, special services (District 5) and forensic services—that were previously spread between several locations throughout the city.
“Working on this project was special to us. The Durham Police Headquarters not only fills a practical need for the city, it will serve to promote engagement within the community,” said Seth London, LeChase vice president. “At LeChase, we often say that building partnerships is as important as building projects, and this project really reflects that goal.”
The facility also includes space for community use. A multipurpose room off the lobby can be reserved by members of the public for police-related meetings and events. Large windows throughout the complex provide an open and welcoming atmosphere, and artwork in the public areas reflects local culture – adding a human element.
Below are some images from the event, including LeChase team members (top photo) outside of the headquarters building.