Building on the previous iterations, E3 does more with less through minimizing square footage and reallocating and reorganizing key spaces to streamline circulation and maximize useable square footage. This iteration, similar to E and E2, responds to the typography of the site, addresses site work concerns, as well as potential accessibility issues and associated costs with a two story structure. The single story still allows for easy future expansion to a lower level should it be needed in the future.
The kitchen and fitness areas are larger, the dispatch area now contains a combined kitchenette/storage/copy area per previous requests. Access to both sides of the locker rooms was maintained, specifically from the main corridor to minimize travel time from offices, conference room, etc. Other edits include a much larger evidence storage area, lab adjacency, and formal processing room in the jail. In the police program, a relocated armory (closer to offices and bullpens) and addition of a weapons maintenace and cleaning area. The hard and soft interview areas were also relocated, creating more separation and the hard interview room’s adjacency to the bullpen can be used as a quiet room for meetings, reports, etc. The dispatch area was significantly reorganized to allow for more desk space and create view corridors from dispatch supervisor and assistant offices to the main dispatch area. The sallyport retained 3 spaces to allow on-duty officers to keep their vehicles heated in inclement weather and to minimize injury possibilities from walking on ice, frost build-up on vehicle windows, etc.
The exterior materials were edited to reflect the story of the surrounding community and incorporate the historic context through materiality, massing, and fenestration. The windows create a historic aesthetic throughout the facility, and support columns echo the mining context and surrounding structures. The exterior slatting provides not only privacy and shade, but the metallic finish references the gold found in the nearby area. The pine tar finish on the wooden exterior elelments echo the fire that nearly destroyed the settlement as well as the minimalist building practices employed by the miners.