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 45 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 150 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

Paul Michell

Government Practice Leader, Partner
Minneapolis, MN

Henry Pittner

Justice Practice Leader, Partner
Chicago, IL


Project Manager, Associate Partner
Minneapolis, MN

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Thought Leadership

A New Approach to the Architectural Design of Jail Facilities

Although jail design has evolved through the years, the environments can be physically and psychologically harmful. In response, BKV’s Justice Practice Leader, Henry Pittner, illustrates how a post-carceral jail of the future can shift the paradigm – from punishing and punitive, to healing and restorative.

Dynamic New Justice Venue in Southern Michigan

“When it comes to making a complex endeavor look easy, a recently completed project in Mason, Mich., may serve as example 1A for 2023.” CorrectionalNews interviewed Justice Practice Leader, Henry Pittner, 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.

Henry Pittner Takes Part in CorrectionalNews Roundtable

Justice Practice Leader, Henry Pittner, was asked to discuss justice and correctional trends in the latest issue of CorrectionalNews. As a proponent of correctional facilities being more focused on health and well-being without comprising on safety and security, Henry is observing “a shifting of paradigms from a carceral model” to one “that is more healing and restorative.”

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.