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  New Public Safety Center For City Of Biloxi, Page 26New Public Safety Center For City Of Biloxi
Fountain & Lamas, LTD. Architects and Planners 
111 Rue Magnolia, Biloxi, MS 39530

Biloxi, Mississippi
Total Square Feet: 78,000
Construction Period: July 1999 to Oct 2000

Construction Team
General Contractor: W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co., Inc., 200 A Lameuse St., Biloxi, MS 39530
Structural Engineer: Reigstad & Associates, Inc., 1636 Popps Ferry Rd., #116, Biloxi, MS 39532
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Canon Engineering, LLC, 511 32nd St., #106, Gulfport, MS 39507
Civil Engineer: Perry S. Ransom, Jr.-Consulting Engineer, PO Box 452, Biloxi, MS 39533
Interior Designer: Holstein & Molyneaux Design Associates, LLC, 2548 Beach Blvd., #200, Biloxi, MS 39531

After years of cramped quarters, leaky roofing and outdated utilities, the city of Biloxi made the decision to build a new facility large enough to provide for growth.

The existing building was a conversion from an old school back in the 80's and was satisfactory for a while, but soon became insufficient for use as a safety center as the city grew in size with the introduction of the gaming industry. With gaming came an increase in population as well as increased demand for public safety and courts.

After careful planning and interaction between the design team and the mayor, department heads were brought in to further refine the concepts.

The building rests on precast concrete pile and pile caps. The structure is a steel frame with precast concrete exterior walls. The roof and building are used as a shelter in a hurricane and are designed to withstand heavy winds. A 20-year built-up roof was used. This roof consists of a granular cap sheet with no aggregate to blow around in a storm. Windows had to be strong and operable, so a monumental casement window was incorporated. For energy efficiency most of the exterior glass is insulated with a semi-reflective finish on the exterior. Stained glass and carved artwork taken from the former building and incorporated into the new facility serve as reminders of the city's history and commitment to service.

The three story facility is occupied on the first two floors only, as the third is on reserve for future expansion. 

A unique situation existed whereby the police and fire departments had to remain in place and in use 24 hours a day until they could be moved into a new building. The only catch was the new building was to be built on the same site, and the site was very tight. This was a challenge for the design team as well as the contractor. The distance separating the old building from the new was only 10 feet. Also challenging was that the utilities were to remain in place until new, active lines could be placed in service.

The New Public Safety Center was completed 3 months ahead of schedule. The building now carries the name Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center And Michael Meaut Municipal Court.

Exterior Walls - Precast Panels: FICON, Inc.; Soffit Panels: Hunter Douglas; Storefront: Vistawall; Windows: Moduline/Vistawall; Glass: Interpane; Overhead Doors: Raynor; Exterior Tile: Wausau.
Roof - Membrane: Johns Manville; Skylight: Wasco Products.
Floors - Entrance Mats: Construction Specialties; Carpet: Shaw, Collins & Aikman; Tile: Fritz Tile; VCT: Azrock; Rubber Base: Marley Flexco; Grout: Latricrete.
Interior Walls - Paint: Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore; Plastic Laminate: Nevmar, Pionite; Acoustical Treatment: Chicago Metallic; Wood Doors: Graham; Hardware: Best, Glenn Johnson, Ives, LCN, McKinney, Rockwood, National Guard, Von Duprin; Detention Equipment: Southern Steel; Lockers: Lyon.
Elevators - KONE, Inc.

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