Salt Lake City Public Safety Building
Salt Lake City Public Safety Building
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The Salt Lake City Public Safety Building provides emergency management, operations and communications for a unified response to any form of emergency. This center for Police, Fire and other emergency services is located to connect and extend the mid-block civic corridor envisioned by Civitas in its master plan for City Hall, Library Square and blocks to the east. The urban design plan called for new buildings to provide extensions of the corridor to link public and cultural buildings into a continuous pedestrian corridor and a chain of parks and plazas from City Hall east toward Trolley Square.

Civitas extended the corridor another 300 feet with the Public Safety Building, creating an animate pedestrian spine, new public plaza and gardens to welcome the public to the new facility. Several artists provided sculpture and narrative to add interest and interpretation, including Buster Simpson’s newest piece entitled “Presence”, which anchors an important corner and signals the level of quality that this new facility creates.

The site has quickly become a home for regular events, barbecues, music, arts shows and more, and has helped further activate east Library Square with increased pedestrian flows from City Hall and the Library to the new building.

Client: Salt Lake City Corporation
Partners: GSBS Architecture
Completed: 2013
Budget: $50 million
Location: Salt Lake City