Public Safety Operations and Training Center Breaks Ground on August 15
Construction on the new Public Safety Operations and Training Center—approved by the voters in 2011—officially kicks off next week. The City of Georgetown will hold a groundbreaking event for the facility at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 15 at the site on D.B. Wood Road.
The Public Safety Operations and Training Center will be constructed next to Fire Station 5 on D.B. Wood Road. The project will include a 76,000 square-foot, two-story building for the Georgetown Police Department including offices, areas for property and evidence storage and for crime scene processing, a physical agility training room, a matted room for training in defensive tactics and arrest control, and locker rooms. The main building also includes Fire Administration offices, the City’s emergency communications (911) center, the emergency operations center, a secured interview suite for interviewing suspects, training classrooms, and workspace for volunteer staff.
Other elements of the project include a slow-speed driving track, an indoor tactical training building, and an enclosed firing range.
“This project is so much more than space,” says Georgetown Chief of Police Wayne Nero. “It has been a conscious and calculated effort towards aligning the right spaces and resources in order to fully develop the potential of our officers.”
Since the main building will house the City’s emergency operations center, it is rated to withstand 165 mile-per-hour winds or a direct hit from an F-3-rated tornado. Building envelope materials, window design, and the overall site design also provide protection from other potential impacts.
The project includes a number of sustainable design features to reduce energy consumption and environmental impact. LED lights will be used for outdoor parking areas and high-efficiency light fixtures will be used inside the main building. Windows, skylights, and light wells will allow natural lighting to reach both floors while solar shading and fixed window louvers will reduce solar heating inside. High-efficiency reflective roofing materials, high-efficiency heating and air conditioning systems, and room occupancy sensors also will lower energy use.
Building materials will include limestone quarried in Central Texas and recycled content such as metal framing studs, carpeting, and ceiling tiles. The entire site was designed to save as many desirable trees as possible. New plantings will include native and drought tolerant varieties to reduce watering needs in the future.
Two features will be used to reduce storm water runoff from the site. Bioswales, which are mulched or xeriscaped earthen drainage channels, will allow runoff water to seep into the ground. Shallow, vegetated basins known as rain gardens will allow water from rooftops or parking lots to be absorbed in the ground rather than running off the site.
The new facility replaces the current main police department building at 809 Martin Luther King, Jr. Street, which is the 12,200 square foot former power plant and water works building built in 1910. That historic downtown building will be available for reuse when the Police Department moves out next year.
The architectural design team for the new facility includes Architects Design Group from Winter Park, Florida and KAH Architecture from Round Rock. Bartlett Cocke General Contractors, headquartered in San Antonio, is the construction contractor. The $29.3 million facility is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2014.
“This project is about ensuring we have the capacity to build public safety competency. We have committed, as a community, to being a City of Excellence. The PSOTC project ensures we are on that path in regards to public safety,” says Nero.
Georgetown voters approved $29.5 million for the public safety operations and training facility in a bond election in May 2011.
Groundbreaking Event Details
The groundbreaking site is accessible via Fire Station 5 at 3600 D.B. Wood Road. Enter the driveway at Fire Station 5 and go to the rear of the facility. Parking will be in the small lots at Fire Station 5 and behind the training tower that is behind Fire Station 5. The groundbreaking site is adjacent to the driveway on the southern edge of the Fire Station 5. Limited parking is available at the event site. Carpooling is encouraged. Limited seating will be available at the event.
Above is a rendering of the front elevation of the Public Safety Operations and Training Center.
Above is a rendering of the emergency operations center in the Public Safety Operations and Training Center.
Above is a rendering of the front entrance of the Public Safety Operations and Training Center.