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New York City Police Academy

Queens, New York
A Consolidated Campus for NYPD

Training police recruits has emerged as a focus in major U.S. cities, with fast-evolving considerations of public safety, community outreach, and technology adoption.

The New York City Department of Design & Construction engaged our team to design a consolidated campus to serve all 50,000 members of the New York City Police Department.

The design story takes place on a massive 32-acre underutilized and environmentally-challenged brownfield site, which we recaptured into a highly sustainable and resilient new campus. The project improves the site and at the same time, enhances occupant conditions. For example, in response to issues of site flooding and its mission critical nature, we designed all infrastructure above the 100-year flood plain, and at the same time our team deployed Active Design principles to boost occupant health and well-being.

As such, this has been the first building ever to apply for the LEED Active Design Innovation Credit, and it is also the largest public building in New York to achieve LEED Gold certification.

We are proud to have delivered for the city a campus that enhances the NYPD’s ability to protect the lives, rights, property, and dignity of all New Yorkers and visitors.

What makes it cool
Conceived as a “horizontal skyscraper,” the building’s spaces are laid out for convenient access and efficient movement of the training cohorts of recruits as they move through enclosed walkways and stairs.
“This facility is designed to meet LEED Gold with bio-filtration for storm water run-off, rainwater harvesting, daylight harvesting, low VOC and recycled materials...and we owe this to the designers that worked diligently to try to capture the essence of what NYPD wanted and what [the DDC] wanted.”

Pena Mora, Commissioner (former), New York City Department of Design and Construction


The New York Police Academy has set a new benchmark in environmental sustainability for the City of New York. The many sustainable design accomplishments of the building were recognized when the project achieved LEED NC Gold, the largest public building in New York to achieve that rating.

NYPA was designed for the building and site to be a physical reflection of the commitments of the communities it serves including environmental stewardship, health, and wellness.
Mobility and Active Design

A wide pedestrian link extends the length of the campus and serves double duty as the conduit for the building infrastructure hidden overhead.

High-performance Facade

The exterior provides shading, controls solar gain, and optimizes daylight. Shading devices serve double-duty as light shelves, bouncing daylight deeper into interior spaces.

Energy consumption and carbon emissions have been minimized through an energy efficient central plant connected to a high performance building envelope, mechanical system and enhanced daylighting.
Improving, Restoring and Connecting

The Police Academy is an example of how design and construction can be used to fundamentally improve an existing site, restoring ecosystems and connecting back to the neighborhood. The NYPA site functions as a natural filtration system for the adjacent neighborhood’s stormwater, a 5-acre landscaped bioswale naturally cleans the water of toxins and oils before releasing it to the nearby Flushing Bay. Some of the water is retained on site and used to flush toilets, thereby reducing the burden on municipal water systems.

The building and site are designed to enhance the physical health of occupants through active design strategies which encourage physical activity throughout the day. 

Project Team

Joan Blumenfeld