Community Policing Design Trends at Heart of New Public Safety Center

Corporate, Architecture + InteriorsJan 09, 2023

Today is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, and American Structurepoint, a leading architecture and engineering consulting design firm, has a front-row seat in helping law enforcement agencies protect communities.

The Public Safety Center in Lafayette, Indiana, will serve as a new police facility and community gathering space where relationships can build between officers and the community at large.

“Our design captures the elements of community policing in providing new and exciting ways for the public to form relationships with the local officers," Brandon Hoopingarner, American Structurepoint design director and principal

“Every day our law enforcement officers run towards the danger as front-line workers and first responders to ensure the safety of our community,” said Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski. “Lafayette’s new Public Safety Center is a tribute to these outstanding men and women who face these difficult challenges day in and day out. Our new state-of-the-art facility will offer the latest in technology and innovative safety programs to meet the growing needs of our community and assist in the recruitment and retention of top talent for the Lafayette Police Department.”

In addition to a community meeting room, the building also includes an outdoor plaza greenspace featuring lawn and bench seating where people can relax and engage with each other in downtown Lafayette.

“Our design captures the elements of community policing in providing new and exciting ways for the public to form relationships with the local officers,” said Brandon Hoopingarner, American Structurepoint’s design director and principal. “Our design also places a high emphasis on security for the brave men and women who work in the building every day.”

Safety elements include a real-time operations center, bullet-resistant glazing in key areas, high-density evidence storage, and a victim advocate space. The building will open to the public in Spring 2023.

About American Structurepoint
American Structurepoint, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, is a national architecture and engineering consulting firm. We define the standard of excellence for people across the world who want help building and bettering their community. American Structurepoint professionals work in 16 design centers throughout Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas. Engineering News-Record (ENR) has consistently listed the company as a Top 200 Design Firm. The firm achieved its highest ranking ever on the 2022 list, rising to No. 134. After more than 56 years of steady growth, American Structurepoint offers complete consulting and comprehensive design services to improve the quality of life for our people and our communities. For more information, visit