The Memorial Guard Post houses volunteer officers as they provide around-the-clock watch of the Houston Police Memorial. The post also establishes a more visible connection to and interaction with the visiting public drawing awareness to the memorial, its mission, and the heroic police officers its presence represents.
Placed within the floodplain adjacent to Buffalo Bayou, this sturdy small structure was designed to resist damage from flooding when floodwaters enter the structure. Flood resistant materials were used, and equipment elevated to withstand the very common floods along Memorial Drive.
The building was strategically oriented on the site to take advantage of multiple viewpoints providing visual connections to the memorial, surrounding site and the city’s skyline beyond. As a result, the design provides a secure facility for the officers and a gateway to the memorial. Visitors approach under a continuous folding plane of concrete that begins from ground level, wraps over the guard post and terminates with framed, elevated views of the memorial.