Old Station On The Block
Operating out of a 1990’s building whose useful life as a police station (and many other functions) was well passed, the city of Mishawaka, Indiana was at a crossroads when considering the future residence of its police force. On one hand, they could invest several million dollars into revamping its current facility; while on the other, they could seek out a more fitting home for their officers and operations.
Whichever option they pursued, there were several departments requiring an update. Their records system consisted of a mix of inefficient, static filing cabinets containing decades of records; their evidence bay was characterized by plastic tubs on stationary shelving; and their locker rooms were a poor reflection of the level of safety and security these brave individuals swore to provide for the community.
Liberty Brings Justice For All
After considering their options, the city turned their attention to a 92,000 SF building in the center of the city. Formerly occupied by Liberty Mutual, this newly vacant space was the perfect location – on a main thoroughfare – but was far too much space to justify housing only the Police Department. However, after marketing the space to national tenants who could potentially utilize it to the fullest, city administrators devised a plan to keep its inhabitants local.
Seeing an opportunity to update multiple out-of-date buildings at one time and boost the vitality of the city, they chose to purchase the building to combine city services including City Hall, Utilities Business Office, and Police Department – all under the same roof. Now, with its new home selected and secured, city and police administrators began the search for a partner to help outfit the facility.
Solving The Case of Underutilized Space
After doing their due diligence – which included viewing and reading about completed projects in the region – to fully understand the parameters of the new space and the future needs of the department, police officials brought in their local Spacesaver expert for support. Their goal was to outfit the space in a manner that would create a welcoming environment for officers, staff, and the community to interact. Department by department, solution by solution, our expert worked with officers and staff to deliver the highest and best use for their new space.
Look At These Lockers
The most resounding example of this transformation can be found in the facility’s locker rooms. Once a collection of beaten and discolored, one-size-fits-all receptacles, the department’s new Spacesaver FreeStyle® Personal Storage Lockers are a work of art. Designed to accommodate the specific requirements of each officer’s personal and professional storage demands, these lockers facilitate a secure space for individuals to make a smooth transition between civilian and civil servant.
The Proof Is In The Putting
A place for everything, everything in its place. The origin of this quote may not be clear, but its significance as it applies to evidence storage is as clear as crystal. Even the smallest discrepancy in the processing or handling of a piece of evidence can prove catastrophic for the success of a prosecutor when trying a case. Our storage expert fully understood this fact and the needs of the department, and delivered a wide array of solutions including High-Density Mobile Shelving Systems, Pass-Thru and Non-Pass-Thru Lockers, and Refrigerated Evidence Lockers, to name a few.
"The armory storage solutions are a huge step up from our previous armory, which was self-made shelving and storage bins (for long guns). The current armory allows for long guns to be stored upright and easily searchable/accessible. The room is equipped with adequate shelving for ammunition cases to be stored."
- Chief Arendt
Installing Confidence In Your Community
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