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51 Division Police Station


Designed by Dunlop Architects Inc. (now Stantec Architecture Ltd. Architects) and ERA Architects
Photo by Alina Cornea Architectural Photography

51 Division Police Station is a 48,000 sq. ft. facility with a separate 17,800 sq. ft. parking structure. The station accommodates booking, detention facility, vehicle investigation bay, sally port, administration, training facilities, areas for forensic and investigated functions, interview rooms, a museum area, and rooms for community liaison and functions.

The station was designed with a new addition extending into the existing industrial building. Spaces were created within the volume of the industrial building~~ mechanical rooms were built between existing trusses. The existing building is a historically designated structure that was formerly used as a gas purification plant by Consumers Gas Company. It had been abandoned for nearly 50 years so careful restoration was paramount.

S + A Services Included:


As part of the restoration plan and to protect the historic masonry, a heating and cooling strategy was developed in consultation with the heritage architect to partially heat and cool the space within the existing structure thus minimizing the stress on the original masonry. In concert with the environmental engineer, a soil remediation system was installed and the waterproofing and drainage systems were designed to prevent soil gas and moisture from entering into the building via floor openings and drainage system. The mechanical systems employed in the new spaces include variable volume air-handling systems used for the administrative area, while constant 100% outside air systems are featured in the detention and change areas. Enthalpy heat wheels are utilized for heat reclaim from building exhaust systems. Heat is delivered to the space by ceiling perimeter radiant panels.


Toronto, Ontario

Gross Floor Area

  • 65,800 sq ft

Total Construction Cost

$ 20,000,000

Completion Year



2001 The Canadian Achitects - Award of Merit

2005 PUG Awards - People's Choice Award