City of Phoenix Neighborhood Resource Center & Police Substation

Phoenix, AZ

The City of Phoenix Neighborhood Resource Center includes a Police Station, Neighborhood Services Offices and public assembly space.  It is an important new beginning for the South Phoenix Neighborhood, which has historically been an area of little investment and high crime.  The challenge was to design and construct a public facility that is modest in scale, but creates a dramatic and ambitious presence at a major arterial intersection to set the standard for future development.  Key components for the building include offices for the City of Phoenix Police, secured parking and access for police vehicles.  The public areas are designed to provide an open, community-friendly atmosphere and are integrated with desert landscape and multi-use trail and an art installation, featuring neighborhood leaders and evens on bas-relief along the secure wall of the police yard.  The resulting building is both striking and welcoming, and is a powerful symbol of neighborhood change.

Photo Credit: Bill Timmerman


Desert Architecture, Michelle Galindo, Verlagshaus Braun 2009
Valley Forward Environmental Excellence Award, Crescordia, 2008
1000X Architecture of the Americas, Galindo, Michelle, ED. Verlagshaus Braun 2008
“Building Types, Study”, Architecture Record Magazine, October 2008

Building Area

14,720 GSF