The new Maryland State Police Barrack in Berlin will consist of a 24,855 GSF barrack building and a 4,450 GSF garage building. The project includes the phased demolition of the existing police barrack and the construction of the two new buildings on the same site located along Route 50 in Berlin, Maryland. Like the current facility, the new building will be single-story and accessible on grade.
The new design embodies elements common to Maryland State Police Barracks such as the brick arches while incorporating more modern design elements. The design also endeavors to make the facility more visible from Route 50 amidst the trees around the site, as this is one of the concerns about the current barrack location. The new building is focused on expanding and updating the barrack’s functions. It includes a large, multipurpose, classroom space with the capacity for 36 personnel that can be divided into two spaces when needed, offices and workrooms, a polygraph office, four private bunk spaces, a fitness room, and processing and detainment spaces for both adults and juveniles. At the rear of the building, there are two vehicle bays; one for vehicle exams, and the other a drive-thru sallyport that connects to the processing and detainment area.
There is also a K-9 wash area located off of the sally port. The barrack side also has tactical and evidence storage spaces. The other half of the building will expand on the department’s current in-house capabilities by dedicating half of their barrack building to laboratory functions with five different focuses: latent prints, controlled dangerous substances (CDS), toxicology, crime scene, and computer crimes. The garage building has a vehicle maintenance area three bays wide with adjacent storage for parts, oil, and tires as well as a fourth bay for washing vehicles. The dedicated communications workshop and equipment is also located in the garage building.