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Law and Order: High-tech office and training center combines four diverse agencies

LawEnforcementCenterA joint venture with the Indiana Department of Administration and the Indiana State Police, the new Law Enforcement Center in Elkhart, Ind., is the first building in the state to co-locate four law enforcement agencies. The high-tech office and training center functions as an Indiana State Police post, and also houses components of three additional Indiana law enforcement entities.

Dri-Design, Holland, Mich., supplied approximately 4,300 square feet (399 m2) of its 0.08-aluminum panels finished in Musket Gray, Granite and custom State Police Blue for the project. Panel sizes ranged from 1 by 2 feet (0.3 by 0.6 m) to 4 by 4 feet (1 to 1 m), with colors and sizes installed in a random design pattern.

American Structurepoint Inc., Indianapolis, was the architect for the $5 million project. The challenging design program required balancing the needs of diverse users in one seamless office space while retaining an individual identification for each, according to Dan Weinheimer, head of the American Structurepoint's architectural group.

"This was our first time to use the Dri-Design system," Weinheimer said. "The panels gave us a clean, sharp look without the caulking and sealant that can degrade over time. And the Dri-Design worked well with the structural system which was insulated concrete forms. The colored panels integrated with the staggered pattern that we had created with the glazing to create the distinctive checkerboard effect."

Spohn Associates, Indianapolis, distributed the panels, which were installed by Schust Engineering
Inc., Fort Wayne, Ind.