Size: 87,000 SF
Date Completed: 12/31/2009
PROJECT OF THE YEAR: MUNICIPAL
Owner - City of Southlake, Southlake, TX
Architect - RPGA Design Group, Inc., Fort Worth, TX
Public Safety Consulting Architect - McClaren, Wilson & Lawrie, Inc., Phoenix, AZ
Structural Engineer - RL Woods & Associates, Arlington, TX
General Contractor - Lee Lewis Construction, Dallas, TX
Masonry Contractor - Wilks Masonry Corp., Aledo, TX
Masonry Supplier - Blackson Brick, Dallas, TX
Masonry Supplier - Cisco Supply, Cisco, TX
Masonry Supplier - Acme Brick, Euless, TX
Other - Advanced Cast Stone, Everman, TX
Other - Texas Quarries, Cedar Park, TX
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Headquarters is a stately, sprawling structure that provides plenty of breathing room - a feature that the cramped, outdated old headquarters lacked.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 87,000sf 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 Municipal Court and Metroport Teen Court. It includes living quarters and 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 is on the same site that housed the original DPS Headquartes. 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 west side or Fire Services. 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.
There were six different colors of bricks, 12 different bonds, split face, pitch face, and large amounts of cast stone. The many different materials and intricate features required optimal attention to detail and thanks to Blackson Brick, Acme Brick, Cisco Supply, and Texas Quarries the look desired was achieved.
Most of the cast stone had to be placed with a crane due to the size of the pieces. The difficulties of setting and maneuvering stones of that weight takes planning and teamwork to manage. Some of the stones placed weighed as much as 3500 lbs. a piece. Advanced Cast Stone's and Wilks Masonry's experience, professionalism, as well as attention to quality and detail, made the cast stone installation seamless. Hard work, teamwork, planning and coordination made this project come together beautifully and it will surely become the jewel of Southlake.