The site for this new police precinct is located over an inactive rail line in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx. The programmatic needs of the station house – offices, space for common areas, training rooms, booking areas, and a secure detention area – are organized within a series of stacked boxes.
The primary lateral system of the concrete-on-metal-deck building consists of concentric braced frames concealed in the exterior opaque walls of the building.
One of Silman’s main challenges involved coordinating the building’s geometry and interactions between the main structure and the precast concrete panel facade system. Because of the building’s shape, various cantilevers and overhangs required special attention during design. Another challenging component was limiting deflections of those same cantilevers and overhangs.