Helping protect the growing community of Round Rock, Texas, the City recently opened a new Public Safety Training Center to provide its police officers, firefighters and other first responders with real-world, educational experience in a controlled, convenient location.
Drawing respectful inspiration from the uniforms worn by the first responders trained there, blue and gray panels clad the 65,000-square-foot building's façade. Linetec applied Sherwin-Williams Fluropon coatings to finish 11,600 square feet of Dri-Design's painted aluminum panels. The multi-colored panels were installed by Kidd Roofing in a staggered pattern to add visual appeal to the box-shaped, modern building.
Collaborating with the City of Round Rock, Hart Gaugler + Associates led the master planning for the 73-acre project's development. Brinkley Sargent Architects designed the three-story Public Safety Training Center, in association with G2 Solutions Group. Chasco Constructors oversaw the $29 million building's construction, which was completed in time for the September 2018 grand opening.
"Quality training is critical to our community," said Laura Hadley, city manager for Round Rock. "Providing the best possible training environment for our public safety officers is essential to keep up with the demands of our growing city and will control training costs long-term."
The new center creates a shared space that allows first responders from multiple agencies, including those from neighboring counties, to train in a cooperative setting. Exercises include addressing car fires, fuel spills, train derailments and residential safety threats. The main building houses administrative offices, a gymnasium, a 50-yard indoor shooting range and flexible classrooms for more than 200 students.
To ensure the building's lasting appearance and resilient performance, Brinkley Sargent Architects specified 70 percent, two-coat, PVDF resin-based Fluropon architectural extrusion coatings. Four different hues were selected for the aluminum panel system on Round Rock's Public Safety Training Center building. Two additional red tones were chosen to finish the architectural aluminum components on the facility's standalone signage.