The St. Petersburg Police Department celebrated the grand opening of its new $78.5 million headquarters on Friday morning.
The new St. Petersburg Police Headquarters is located at 1301 1st Avenue N.
During the grand opening ceremony, the U.S. Special Operations Command Parachute Team landed on 1st Avenue North to deliver the flags that will be flown over the new building.
Mayor Rick Kriseman, Chief of Police Anthony Holloway and St. Petersburg City Councilmembers cut the ribbon to officially open the building.
“This is more than just a new building. It is an illustration of so many of the things we value, including government partnerships, community, sustainability, resiliency and public art,” said Mayor Kriseman.
“St. Pete will be an even better and safer place because of this new headquarters.”
The 168,000 square-foot headquarters was mostly paid for by Penny for Pinellas. It has a four-story parking garage and a state-of-the-art Emergency Communications Center.
The building can withstand a Category 5 hurricane and will house the City’s Emergency Operations Center.
The building’s green features include a water cooling plant for high efficiency air conditioning, sensor-controlled LED lighting, automated water controls, reduced Urban Heat Island Effect through concrete parking and light-colored roof surfaces and 1450 photo-voltaic (solar energy) panels on the parking garage roof. The panels generate enough power to run the systems for the garage and one third of the building space.
Public art will include Gladiolus at the entrance and Shielded inside the lobby, by local sculptor Mark Aeling. A third piece, Community DNA, by Catherine Woods, will be added on the 13th Street side later this summer.