Staples Police Station Remodel

Staples, MN

With the completion of the Highway 10 relocation project, the City of Staples began the process of addressing the pains felt by a growing community. The first area to be addressed was the relocation of the Police Department out of the City Hall. The City purchased an existing car dealership building and remodeled the building into a police station. Several offices, a squad room, interview rooms, evidence storage, conference room, and a parking garage were included in the project. In addition, the project also created additional green spaces along the street. 

By “recycling” the former Mueller Motor building, Widseth Smith Nolting worked with the City of Staples and the Staples Police Department to conserve resources and preserve a community landmark. The iconic image of a 1930s-era police station is captured by the simulated stone and large globe light fixtures at the entrance. Window awnings reflect the character of downtown Staples. 

New interior finishes create an appropriate work environment while additional wall insulation, roof insulation, and new windows improve the facility’s energy efficiency. Great strides were made to take a once leaky, energy-deficient building and turn it into a model of applying today’s technologies to existing buildings.