Law Enforcement Design

BKV Group believes that Law Enforcement Facilities should define and influence the image of communities, with the long-term nature of these public buildings having tremendous impact on city leaders, law officers, public safety staff, and the general public.


Our core belief is that architecture has a profound responsibility to the community, and regardless of the project type, our duty is to always enhance the economic, aesthetic, social, and environmental context of the communities we work in. More than 43 years later, this vision has not changed. Today, we provide our government clients with superior customer service by adopting the client’s goals as our own, enabling transparent decision-making, committing to responsible spending of public funds, and remaining passionate about the success of the communities for whom we work. More than any other building design, public safety facilities help define and influence the image of our communities. Additionally, the long-term and dynamic nature of our public safety facilities means that these buildings are among the most enduring. Over the course of completing over 100 law enforcement projects throughout the country, BKV has created long-term impacts on public safety building design that are responsive to ever-changing service requirements.

Areas of Expertise

  • Well-Defined & Collaborative Design Process
  • Community Engagement & Creating Community Value
  • Long-Term Planning & Goal-Setting

Long-Term Planning & Design

In the police service, resiliency is more than a buzzword – it’s mission critical. At BKV Group, we understand the nature of resiliency, and it informs our design decisions throughout the project. We use diverse solutions to help our clients be prepared for a range of vulnerabilities. With low-maintenance and long-lasting materials and a careful approach to long-term energy use, a law enforcement facility can operate at a high level for 50 years or more. We design with multi-functional rooms, with pathways to gracefully integrate future technology, and with renovation and expansion in mind, because we believe that a police station should be able to adapt to the changing world.


Law Enforcement Design Experts

Bruce Schwartzman

Government Practice Leader, Senior Partner
Minneapolis, MN

Henry Pittner

Justice Practice Leader, Partner
Chicago, IL


Government Practice Leader, Partner
Minneapolis, MN

Michael Healy

Senior Associate, Senior Project Architect
Minneapolis, MN

News and Insights

Fridley Public Safety Facility White Paper

Craig Carter and Michael Healy author this piece focused on the emerging trend of co-locating Fire Stations, Police Stations, and other government building types.

Dynamic New Justice Venue in Southern Michigan

Correctional News interviewed BKV’S Justice Practice Leader and Partner, Henry Pittner, who is leading this project to obtain his thoughtful insights on the intriguing Ingham County Justice Center Complex. Henry discusses challenges overcome, key trends in justice/correction design which Ingham exemplifies, and how Ingham effectively balances safety and security with a welcoming aesthetic.