Police Academy

Project: New York City Police Academy
Queens, NY
Office Building
2.4 million square feet

Projected Completion: 2013

Building Certifications: LEED-NC, Silver (Projected)

Project Partners: NYC Police Department, NYC Department of Design and Construction, Perkins + Will, Michael Fieldman Architects

Project Summary: The newly constructed New York City Police Academy (NYPA) will incorporate many of the Police Department’s existing training facilities that are dispersed throughout the City of New York into one consolidated campus. Located on approximately 35 acres of City-owned land, the building will be a modern academic and physical training complex. The inherent design of the NYPA is meant to promote opportunities for occupant movement, as it offers simple and engaging ways that trainees as well as office staff can include physical activity throughout their day. As such, the project applied for and was granted the LEED Innovation Credit for Health through Physical Activity.

The plan for NYPA involves a comprehensive approach that aims to reduce the environmental impact of the new facilities, but also to improve existing site and neighborhood conditions. The design of the building itself and the outdoor landscaped spaces, along with the connections made to the surrounding neighborhood, make this site a great place for building occupants as well as surrounding community residents to walk, move and convene. Because the current site is made up of superblocks that are interspersed with industrial uses, the surrounding community is unable to use the space as it exists for daily circulation, however, the new design is meant improve connections in and around the site.

Active Design Highlights:

  1. Indoor fitness facilities, including a swimming pool and exercise spaces.
  2. A monumental stair is featured at the building entrance with circulation stairs appearing throughout its plan.
  3. The project includes running tracks and walking routes that are connect the surrounding landscape gardens with the building.


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    Unique cantilevered five-story interior staircase; Image Credit: Perkins + Will
  • If trends continue, 86% of adults will be overweight or obese by the year 2030 and total attributable health-care costs will be $860-956 billion per year.

  • Men climbing 20-34 flights of stairs per week have a 29% lower risk of stroke.