14 Division is the culmination of Toronto Police Service’s commitment to community policing and ‘being a good neighbor’. Working with TPS and community representatives, we designed an attractive, accessible and safe building that blends cohesively with the scale of the surrounding historical homes.
Situated within a downtown residential neighborhood, the new facility expresses a careful interplay of public open space, discrete security zoning, materiality and scale. Key elements include the community meeting room near the main lobby, and a large civic plaza with a rich perimeter of new trees and rose bushes. Equally important design elements are the porch-like garden pavilion entrance, and a staggered, landscaped garden wall that separate the secure from public zones.
More than a good neighbor, 14 Division is a responsible neighbor – targeting LEED Silver Certification. A geothermal system of 36 wells – each 400 feet deep, heat and cool the facility. Storm water passes through an infiltration chamber to avoid direct discharge into sewers. Finally, roof water is captured into an underground cistern and reused for irrigation.