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A Building for a Green
Police Service in Ottawa

Ottawa Police Service Building
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

“HOK worked closely with OPS to understand our needs, our culture and our vision. HOK successfully interpreted that information and created a building that is the envy of many other police services.”

Pamela J. Mills
Capital Projects Manager, Ottawa Police Service

This LEED-NC Gold building establishes a new architectural standard for police facilities in Ottawa.

To understand the functional requirements of the Ottawa Police Service employees, HOK’s design team conducted a “day in the life” survey that revealed the everyday activities of police officers in their workplace. Based on these findings, the team made personal safety and security top priorities. A carefully structured security hierarchy separates visitors, media, victims, witnesses and suspects.

The contemporary form and materials complement the surrounding high-tech community. The highly identifiable, double-height entry beacon establishes a welcoming street presence.

The sustainable design elements include abundant natural light, efficient radiant heating and cooling ceiling panels, displacement ventilation using 100 percent outside air, and recycled and locally sourced materials. Energy modeling of the HVAC system and building envelope indicated potential energy savings of 60 percent.

HOK collaborated on the design with Kingston-based Shoalts and Zaback Architects.




41,000 sq. ft. / 3,800 sq. m.




Level of energy savings


Percentage of displacement ventilation coming from outside air