Taking advantage of required setbacks and the building’s geometry, each side of the site was given its own character. A terraced civic plaza facing City Hall was made possible by the diagonal geometry of the tower in combination with recessing the main mass of the building. A ‘linear park’ was formed along the west with a group of small scaled seating areas augmented by a series of sculptures. A nearly one acre public park is situated on the south side of the site facing the large residential project across the street. A contemplative rooftop garden is raised above street level on the east side of the site.
In addition, pedestrians are encouraged to travel through the site and under the building along the diagonal path created by the building that visually connects the city’s first cathedral with the city’s newest cathedral. Additional amenities made available to the public are a 200 seat café and a 450 seat auditorium wrapped with art by Catherine Wagner, both situated directly on the Main Street frontage. In essence, the entire site has been turned over to the public, while still maintaining the department’s original goals of security and transparency.