Philadelphia, October 20, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter and City officials broke ground on the new Philadelphia Public Safety Services Campus this afternoon. When complete, the campus – located at 4601 Market Street in West Philadelphia – will be the new co-location for the Philadelphia Police Department headquarters, the Medical Examiner’s Office and the Morgue, and the Department of Public Health Laboratories. Interior demolition and design work is currently underway, and the construction phase is estimated to begin in December 2015. The new facility is expected to be move-in ready by Spring 2018.
“Throughout the course of our Administration we have developed a city-wide vision for planning and developing public safety services facilities, and in the last few years we have celebrated many ground-breakings and ribbon-cuttings for projects like the DVIC, the DHS-SVU Co-location, the new Police Training Academy and the Regional Tactical Training Facility, and the Juvenile Justice Services Center,” said Mayor Nutter. “Today’s event is another piece of that vision to create comprehensive public safety sites throughout the city that address a variety of needs. This is a much-needed investment that will bring the City of Philadelphia Police and Health Departments into the 21st century to better serve the needs of all Philadelphians.”
The estimated $250 million project will transform the buildings at 4601 Market Street, formerly the Provident Mutual Life Insurance Company, into a state-of-the-art campus covering approximately 15 acres strategically located adjacent to the 46th & Market Street station of SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line. Co-locating all three City services provides a variety of benefits for City employees and taxpayers: reduction in facility operational costs, energy efficiency and cost savings through sustainable building design, and access to public transportation resulting in reduced fuel consumption. Approximately 900 City of Philadelphia employees will relocate to this campus, including 800 uniform and civilian Police Department employees and 100 Health Department employees.
The project is currently meeting or exceeding goals for participation by minority and women-owned businesses and a diversified workforce while striving to increase local workforce participation. The interior designs for the building will reflect ‘best practices’ for laboratories, medical forensic examination and law enforcement facility operation.