New South San Francisco Police Department Building Receives National Design Award

South San Francisco, CA – December 22nd, 2022

New South San Francisco Police Department Building Receives National Design Award

Award recognizes outstanding architecture and design from law
enforcement and public safety facilities nationwide

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., December 21, 2022 – OFFICER Magazine has
recognized the South San Francisco Police Department by awarding it the Gold
Award for LE Facilities II Officer Station Design Award for facilities less than
50,000 square feet.

“We’re thrilled with how our new police department turned out and are
honored to have received this award,” says South San Francisco Police Chief
Scott Campbell. “Our police department had never occupied a facility designed
specifically for police needs and services. Our last facility was an old
department store retrofitted with office space, detention areas, and an indoor
firing range that current standards would never allow.”

“This would never have happened if our residents hadn’t approved Measure W,
a district tax plan to fund the replacement of outdated City facilities,” said
South San Francisco Mayor Flor Nicolas. “We are truly grateful to our residents;
this building will be a legacy moving forward.”

Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards were issued across five categories of facilities
in this prestigious competition: LE Facilities I, 2, and 3 (by size); Training
Facilities and Public Safety Centers. The trends in the 2022 Officer Station
Design entries focus on the health and safety of law enforcement personnel.
The emphasis this year included increased natural lighting to support mental
health. Safety factors included exterior concrete barriers for buildings and
secure parking areas for police cars and personnel vehicles.

The new South San Francisco Police Department offers direct or borrowed
natural light for most offices and work areas. The firing range has superior
lighting and laminar air flow to keep toxins away from shooters, something the
previous range lacked. The dispatch area is more extensive and provides all
the amenities required to comply with APCO recommendations and large
windows with automated shades.

“The Officer Station Design Awards brings the best in station, public safety,
and training facility designs to departments across the country and helps our
readers prepare and plan for these long-term projects that become the center
of the community for decades,” Frank Borelli, the editorial director for
OFFICER Magazine, said. “The awards help our readers to be aware of the
latest trends and design concepts that increase efficiency and safety in all law
enforcement buildings. Whether an agency is building an entirely new station
or renovating an older structure for contemporary use, there are valuable
lessons to be learned from the designs that win these awards.”

Winners were selected by a panel of four judges, including a 2020 OSDA
award-winning police chief, a sergeant currently involved in the construction of
a station, and two architects specializing in law enforcement design.
The design team consists of the following:

Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects – Police Programming and
Masterplanning, Architect of Record – Police Interior Package
SmithGroupJJR – Architect of Record – Shell/Sit Package, Landscape Architecture
Langan Engineering – Civil Engineering
Forell/Elsesser Engineers – Structural Engineer
Smith, Fause & McDonald, Inc. – Low-Voltage
Meyer’s + – MEP & Fire Protection Engineering

If you want to tour the new police station, please email

About the City of South San Francisco
The City of South San Francisco proudly remains The Industrial City, a reflection of its
steel mill and shipbuilding past, redefined to reflect the innovative, entrepreneurial and
industrious spirit which has made South San Francisco the Biotech Capital of the World,
with over 250 active biotech companies and growing. A vibrant community of 66,185
residents, South San Francisco enjoys a high quality of life with an extensive public parks
system, active library and learning programming, and a dynamic, engaged community
making South San Francisco a great place to live, learn, work and play.
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1 year ago

Probably a mail-order certificate recognition, paid for by the resident taxpayers. Meh….The City Mgr used to get those to tell us how great he was…NOT!