77 Front Street City Administration Building

Columbus, Ohio

Harris Architects was commissioned to design a new Downtown Governmental Facilities Master Plan anchored by a new Public Administration Building. The new building combined a multi-story contemporary galleria/atrium/office addition with the preservation and adaptive reuse of the historic 1932 Police Headquarters building.

The new facility provides state-of-the-art administrative departmental office spaces for six service divisions, redesigned in the six floors of both the historic headquarters building and the new glass-enclosed office/atrium galleria addition. The design incorporated a new half-acre landscaped urban park and new landscaped vehicular boulevards, creating the new campus for the governmental center.

A key objective for the new atrium was to introduce daylight deep into the building interior to help improve staff working environments and create inviting assembly/meeting rooms for city staff and the public. The multi-story atrium provides a galleria for two and three-dimensional art for public display. The building achieved LEED Gold Certification from the USGBC.

Key Design Features

  • New governmental facilities image

  • A total of 140,000 sq. ft. of private and open office spaces

  • Adaptive reuse of the 94,000 sq. ft. original 1932 Police Station

  • 46,000 sq. ft. Atrium Addition

  • New Campus Master Plan and Public Park “front yard”

  • Six-story cascading atrium / winter garden

  • New Geothermal heating and air conditioning system

  • Anti-Terrorism building design and hardened facility features.

  • Secure subsurface staff connectors to adjacent facilities

  • LEED Gold

  • Restoration of historic skylights achieving interior space natural daylight

  • New IT infrastructures