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Besides having dispatchers, detectives' offices and evidence rooms, Salt Lake City's new public safety building will feature festival space and a solar canopy.

The city presented a look at the building Tuesday in a 3-minute animated video on YouTube. The building, which will sit at the corner of 300 E. 500 South and be headquarters for the police and fire departments, has a courtyard in front with canopies to collect solar power. Visitors will be able to plug laptops into the canopy. The building itself is to generate as much energy as it expends, according to the video.

The courtyard is designed to host festivals. There is public meeting space inside the building. Visitors also will be able to access police and fire department records in the lobby.

The video also displayed animation of an intelligence center where the police department will monitor cameras and access databases.

Voters approved the $125 million building in November 2009. The building is scheduled to open in 2013.

Architects for the project are GSBS Architects of Salt Lake City and McClaren, Wilson & Lawrie, Inc.of Phoenix.

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