Sarasota Police Headquarters
Sarasota, Florida, USA

In developing the new six-story, $38 million Sarasota Police Headquarters, designers from Architect Design Group, Inc., in Winter Park, Florida, worked to create a building that could achieve high energy performance, while offering pleasing aesthetics and security against natural and man-made threats. As a government building, security was top priority for the designers, who found that they could address both environmental demands and safety concerns with architects and contractors by using a sweeping impact resistant curtain wall and high-performance glass.

In a recent Glass Magazine article, associate architect with Architect Design Group, Inc., David Crabtree noted: “Designing an open and inviting police facility that fit well in the harsh south Florida environment was important. Energy efficiency, daylight and views were critical to our concept, so high performance glazing systems were essential.”

In total, the building contains over 40,000 square feet of exterior glass and 6,000 square feet of interior glass. The exterior of the building features an impact resistant version of Kawneer’s 1600 Wall System®1 with 1 5/16-inch blue-green insulating, laminated low-E (VE6-2M) impact rated glass from Viracon. Additional framing systems include Kawneer’s 350 IR Entrances for the exterior doors and 350 Medium Stile Entrances with Trifab® VG (VersaGlaze®) 450 framing system for the interior doors and storefront.

The City of Sarasota requires all public buildings meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards. Based on these requirements the Sarasota Police Headquarters was designed to achieve LEED Silver certification.

Architect Design Group, Inc.
Winter Park, Florida

Glazing Contractor:
Key Glass
Bradenton, Florida

Kawneer Products:
Impact resistant 1600 Wall System®1 curtain wall
Kawneer IR 350 Entrances
350 Medium Stile Entrances
Trifab® VG (VersaGlaze®) 450 framing system

* LEED is a registered trademark of the U.S. Green Building Council