Completion Date: May 2009

Owner: City of San Diego

Program: A 22,000-square-foot police station and a 5,500-square-foot vehicle maintenance facility set on six acres.

Design concept and solution: The architects wanted to design a police station that would not appear institutional, contrasting displeasingly to the mostly residential context. To accomplish this, they designed the building to run parallel to the street to conceal the rear parking lot and vehicle maintenance facility. An eight-foot-high protective concrete wall was required for the building, so a central atrium was created to allow natural daylight into the structure. This natural lighting scheme and other sustainable features, such as photovoltaic power, contributed to the project’s LEED Silver certification.


City of San Diego

Design Architect:

Safdie Rabines Architects
1101 Washington Place
San Diego, CA 92103
Tel: 617.297.6153

Ricardo Rabines, Principal
Taal Safdie, Principal
Fred Besancon, Designer
Colin McCroskey, Designer

Architect of Record:
Jeff Katz Architecture
6353 Del Cerro Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92120
Tel: 619.698.9177

Jeff Katz, Principal
Jeff Zubik,
Robert Kingery
Anthony Damon
Bret Wilkes

Photographer: Brian Lima Photography

CAD system, project management, or other software used: AutoCAD




Safdie Rabines Architects Consultants (Design Architect):
Public Facility Design Consultant: TL Craig Architecture and Planning, 415.479.0616

Structural: Ray Flores, Flores Lund Consultants, 858.566.0626,

MEP: Rahim Peyvan, Integrated Engineering, 213.736.6670,

Civil: Mike Wolfe, Fuscoe Engineering, 858.554.1500,

Landscape: Ming Hung, Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC, 619.696.9303,

Interiors: Designpoint, 619.697.0120

Green: Platt Whitelaw Architects, 619.546.4326,

Hardware: Ronald E. Peterson, AHC, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, 619.447.3307,

Specifications Writer: Bill Kelley

Cost Consultant: Hanscomb Inc., 858.453.0224

Soils: Southland Geotechnical Consultants, 619.442.8022,

Jeff Katz Architecture Consultants (Architect of Record):
Structural: Simon Wong, Simon Wong Engineering, 858-566-3113,

Mechanical: Jene Walsh, Walsh Engineers, 858-541-0788,

Electrical: Larry Zammit, ILA + Zammit Engineering, 858-279-0242,

Landscape: Pat O’Connor, Parterre, 619-296-3713

Civil: Gordon Axelson, BDS Engineering, 619-582-4992,

LEED Consultant: Drew George, Drew George & Partners, 619-818-3739,

Energy Consultant: Beth Brummitt, Brummitt Associates, 619-531-1126,

General Contractor: Marc Penick, TB Penick and Sons, Inc., 858.558.1800,