Our ProjectsFort Worth Public Safety Training Facility
Komatsu Architecture, Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects, and G2 Solutions Group were the Architects of Record for this $101.5 million police and fire training center and headquarters in south Fort Worth. The center gives the police and fire departments more training capacity, improved and consolidated training, and moves the City closer to adding a sixth police patrol division to the fast-growing far north. The training center is built on the grounds of the former 75-acre GSA Federal Depot, which the City of Fort Worth purchased for the project. The project included the demolition of 500,000 sf of warehouse space, renovation another 500,000 sf in two historic buildings and the design and construction of a 60,000 sf administration building for both Police and Fire operations.
Fort Worth Public Safety Training Facility
The training center is built on the grounds of the former 75-acre GSA Federal Depot, which the City of Fort Worth purchased for the project. The project included the demolition of 500,000 sf of warehouse space, renovation another 500,000 sf in two historic buildings and the design and construction of a 60,000 sf administration building for both Police and Fire operations.
For the Police Department, the new center adds more classroom space, greater technology and the ability to sell training to outside police agencies. It includes an 8-acre Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) driving track, enabling the police and fire departments to move their driving training from Texas Motor Speedway, parking lots and other facilities.
The indoor gun ranges reduce noise for neighbors and allows more flexibility on when recruits and officers can use it. The indoor police “Tactical Village” has movable walls, allowing changes in the configuration and letting officers drive into it for simulations. Catwalks let trainers evaluate recruits and officers from above.
The twenty (20) lane 25-yard in-service range allows range access for in-service qualifying without interrupting concurrent training in other ranges and allows for large scale training classes in a fully baffled tactical environment. The twenty (20) lane 50-yard range size and layout allows for the placement of vehicular assets and/or obstacles to be incorporated into training scenarios. The ten (10) lane 100-yard range allows for long range indoor training with customizable technology to create a variety of training scenarios. The range is equipped with an automatic target retrieval system that is controlled via individual control panel from the fixed firing line. The carriers have the ability to provide various target lighting effects depending on the training scenario.
The technology included within the ranges includes iPad controlled lighting and sound effects, remote video monitoring and communication to the entire range or to specific individuals within the range. The ranges were specifically designed to accommodate 9mm, .45, .223, 12 gauge shotguns shells and .308 sniper rounds for specific training exercises. The ranges also have a dedicated cleaning room and ammo storage room. Each range has a dedicated mechanical system which creates a laminar flow of air away from the users to better ensure against the adverse effects of airborne lead contaminates. Each of the dedicated mechanical systems has multiple safety features to alert the users and staff of system shutdowns.
The acoustical considerations for four (4) indoor firing ranges located in the same building and adjacent to administrative areas and classrooms presented the opportunity to incorporate the latest acoustical designs and materials to allow “business as usual” for spaces outside and adjacent to the ranges to happen without the distraction of muzzle blast, sirens, or any other acoustical factors impeding the day-to-day operations.