CITY OF RENO, WASHOE COUNTY
PAT PUSICH, CHRIS LUJAN
TSK worked on the programming and concept design for a proposed police station for the Reno Police Department.
The building was designed with a prominent façade and
roof line to create a pleasing visual image and appeal to the
public. Understanding that the City of Reno has a fiduciary
responsibility to the tax payers, the building design, while
attractive, does not cost significantly more than a simple,
Private and open office spaces have been located at the
perimeter of the building to provide access to natural
light and views of the outside. Natural light, as well as a
connection to the outdoors, has been shown to improve
morale and productivity.
Time-tested masonry has been utilized as the main
structural component. This durable and attractive material
equates to a longer life building with reduced maintenance
The consolidation of several departments fosters
interdepartmental communication and expedites
processes. The centralization of common spaces allows
easier access, reduces time in transit and increases
utilization rates for spaces (more frequent use of the
space). The design incorporates wider hallways to allow
sufficient space for officers in gear to pass easily and in
turn reduces maintenance costs for damage to walls.
The use of natural light and properly ventilated buildings
generally have better indoor air quality which increases
occupant comfort and health, and reduces absenteeism.
The street crime and gang units have been located to keep
unit members out of the public eye and help to protect their
identity. The proximity of the locker room to the parking
lot and gymnasium spaces increase the speed by which
officers can prepare, depart and spend greater time in their
Since heating, cooling/ventilation and lighting make up
approximately 70 percent of the energy use in public
facilities, windows, frames, roof and wall insulation have
been selected to provide a highly efficient building envelop,
reducing the heating and cooling loads on the building.
Daylighting also reduces the need for artificial lighting
thereby reducing energy costs.
The proposed high-efficiency mechanical and electrical
systems equate to a high-performance building that has
the potential to reduce energy use by as much as 30
percent, which proportionally reduces carbon emissions
and increases air quality.