There's a massive new facility for the New York City Police Academy getting ready to rise on a 35-acre former auto impound lot just east of LaGuardia Airport in College Point, and it's never to early to work out the details. To figure out the color of the cladding, the design team from architects Perkins+Will recently gathered in Noho to check out life-sized mockups in a variety of shades. Model builder Richard Tenguerian, whose studio on Lafayette creates architecture in miniature, rolled out a show displaying three window sections in shades of blues and grays. After all, the show wasn't called NYPD Pink.
This is part of phase one of the Police Academy project. On view were chunks of what will be glazed aluminum curtainwalls with aluminum louvers and cladding, the facade for the eight-story academic and administrative support building, designed both for shading the interior and drawing in natural light. Still to come are the tactical buildings, where trainees will drill both on foot and behind the wheel, and the big blob of a field house, large enough to hold all 2,000 recruits (the whole complex is shooting for LEED Silver certification). Come 2013, when the cops-in-training move into their new home, it should be welcome news to neighbors near their current academy in Gramercy, where parking has been a controversial perk for NYC's future finest.
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