RPGA Design Group completes world class public safety facility
The $29 million City of Southlake Department of Public Safety Headquarters is a stately, sprawling structure that provides plenty of breathing room - a feature that the cramped, outdated old headquarters lacked. Soaring ceilings, a rotunda and grand entry add to the feeling of spaciousness and convey a sense of quality.
This 87,000 sq ft facility houses Police, Fire and DPS administration, future dispatch, future holding, and a community room that will double as the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as well as a Municipal Court and Metroport Teen Court. It includes living quarters, exercise facilities in conjunction with administrative offices and numerous Police Services such as CID and Records. The facility features leading technology capabilities and integration which enhances the public reception, staff effectiveness, and safety of staff and visitors.
The facility was sited on the same site that housed the original DPS Headquarters. The sloping grade on the site was accommodated for by incorporating a walk-out basement level on the eastside under the 2nd level which becomes the first level on the westside or Fire Services. Designed to blend within the context of a 'mixed-use' environment - Southlake Town Square the exterior of the building purposely looks like six different facades joining together giving it the appearance of different buildings.
Like Town Square, including Southlake Town Hall, DPS Headquarters is a mix of Old World charm and modern amenities. The new building fulfills that vision, right down to the brass fire pole, a symbol of fire house tradition that is accessed by doors that open via state-of-the-art technology allowing firefighters to slide from their meeting room down to the engine room in an instant.
It definitely looks and feels like a vintage courthouse but has all the latest technology. This 'crown jewel' for the City will serve the community well.