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Salt Lake City Public Safety Building

GSBS Architects

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Heather West, Heather West Public Relations

Project Name

Salt Lake City Public Safety Building


475 South 300 East


Project Status


Year Completed



335,000 sq. feet

Construction Cost



City of Salt Lake

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Project Description

Salt Lake City’s Public Safety Building sets a new standard in creating a functional, energy efficient government structure in stunning Modern architecture. It is the first public safety building in the nation to be designed as a net-zero energy building, generating as much energy as it uses. It also is one of the first public safety buildings designed to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Platinum certification criteria. The newly opened building features Wausau Window and Wall Systems’ unitized curtainwall, windows, light shelves and sun shades.

The $125 million, 335,000-square foot Public Safety Building includes 172,000 square feet of space on four levels above ground, and 143,000 square feet of secure parking below grade. In addition to housing Salt Lake City’s police and fire departments, it functions as the primary disaster/emergency operations center for the area.

The building’s glass façade was a central element of Salt Lake City-based GSBS Architect’s design. The northwest-facing public “face” of the building features a serpentine glass curtainwall that slopes from one wing to the other. The design also called for the curtainwall to cant -- or angle -- in multiple directions.
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