UAB Police Department Celebrates Grand Opening
Melissa Stewart - August 23, 2018
After years of operating in a building initially designed to be a credit union, the 125 officers and staff of the UAB Police Department (UABPD) had outgrown their previous headquarters. In order to accommodate this growth and provide a modern space for police operations, UAB decided to build a new facility uniquely suited to meet the needs of the department.
UAB Police Chief Anthony Purcell shared his enthusiasm with the UAB News stating, “The UAB Police Department is very excited to celebrate the completion of our new headquarters. The previous building was built in the early 1970s. It served our department well, but it had seen its time. The new state-of-the-art facility will enhance our ability to provide the support and service our community deserves.”
The 28,000 sq. ft. building features office space, records storage, a communications center, a weight room, and locker rooms on the first floor. The second floor houses investigations and crime prevention, administrative offices, and a large training suite. A new parking lot will occupy the site of the previous building.
“Chief Purcell and his entire staff were such a pleasure to work with,” said Project Architect Gary Walton. “Their excitement and enthusiasm spilled over to the entire design team making this a fun project that we are all very proud of.”