Sarasota police headquarters to feature World Trade Center remnant
Assuming the last few legal hurdles are cleared, Sarasota, Fla.’s new police headquarters will have a unique feature. The six-story, 102,000-square-foot facility, which opened Aug. 3, will house a memorial to fallen officers that will include a 40-foot steel triad that is a remnant of floors 90 to 92 of Tower #2 from the World Trade Center.
The remnant is from near the point where the planes hit during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Dozens of police officers died after the twin towers collapsed. Because the artifact for the memorial was considered a piece of evidence, it required approval by a New York state judge for use, according to Winter Park, Fla.-based Architects Design Group ADG, the lead architect on the project. The state and the New York Port Authority have given some approval to the project, but ADG Marketing Coordinator Maria Ehrlich said the city is still awaiting court approval on receiving the artifact.
In addition to the memorial, the new facility is the only building in the city designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane. The building also contains crime labs, a gym and sleeping rooms for night-shift officers, and energy efficient features that qualify it for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the Washington-based United States Green Building Council.
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