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City of Panora Police/City Hall/EMS Facility

CHALLENGE

The City of Panora had outgrown its existing city hall, so it wanted to create an exciting new civic landmark for the community and gain much-needed space. Contemporary amenities for vital civic services were important, but Panora also wanted to respect and complement the city’s historic downtown architecture.

SOLUTION

A new 12,000-square-foot city hall, police and EMS facility is comprised of two major building masses. The first is a two-story office building with the city hall, city council and police department on the ground level. Emergency medical services, IT and storage spaces are on the second level. The second building mass is a single-story ambulance bay.

The interiors are clad in rich earth-tone colors with slight burgundy accents. Stained and varnished wood trim and door panels offer visual distinction as you enter the building. Hidden light coves line the primary corridor, and elegantly trimmed millwork defines the council bench and chambers. The exterior is clad with two-tone brick veneer with corbelled brick arches above the second-story windows. Strong horizontal relief lines were created by stepping out individual courses of brick, adding depth to the façade.

A small parking lot with sidewalks completes the secondary access drive. Subtle landscaping fills in the negative spaces and roots the building to the corner of the town square.

IMPACT

This new city hall/police/EMS facility provides a blend of contemporary, functional spaces bundled in a neo-traditional shell. The building was designed with intuitive paths of egress and reasonable adjacency of interior spaces while providing room for future growth. The City of Panora now has the civic landmark it set out to achieve, and a new facility that complements the architecture of the historic town square.
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