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  Public Safety Complex, Fire Department & Police Super StationPublic Safety Complex, Fire Department & Police Super Station


John Dendy & Associates, Architects
308 St. Louis Street, #109, Mobile, AL 36602

General Description

Location: Mobile, Alabama
Date Bid: Feb 2009 Construction Period: Apr 2009 to Feb 2011
Total Square Feet: 28,480 Site: 3.6 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 23,622; second floor, 4,858; total, 28,480 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 20’; second floor, 15’; total, 35’.
Basic Construction Type: New/2A/Structural Steel.
Foundation: Reinforced concrete. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, EIFS. Roof: Metal. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Clark, Geer, & Latham & Associates, Inc. - 3901 Spring Hill Avenue, Mobile, AL 36608
General Contractor: Rod Cooke Construction, Inc. - 3496 Halls Mill Road, Mobile, AL 36693
Mechanical Engineer: Lewis Engineering, Inc. - 1621 S. University Boulevard, #A-3, Mobile, AL 36609
Civil Engineer: Mobile Group, Inc. - 1000 Hillcrest Road, #200, Mobile, AL 36695
Plumbing & Fire Engineer: SP Engineering, Inc. - 6348 Piccadilly Square Drive, #1B, Mobile, AL 36609
Landscape Architect: Plauche Johnson Landscape Architects - 754 Downtowner Loop West, Mobile, AL 36609

The Mobile, Alabama Public Safety Complex, designed by John Dendy & Associates, Architects, was constructed in response to the City of Mobile's expansion towards the Regional Airport. The public safety super station includes Police Precinct No. 5 and the Fire & Rescue Station.

The air space cone of the Regional Airport's runway dictated the building's location and height. The architect situated the new complex on 3.5 acres. The site gently slopes 6 feet across to the west to meet the airport property.

During design the color selection became a major issue, as the initial concept was a light color as part of the energy design. However, with the building location near the airport runway approach the selection needed to be a dark non-reflective color. The architect chose a standing seam metal roof by McElroy Roofing. Bradco Supply of Pensacola, Fla. who also provided technical support including wind load detailing and material coordination supplied the roof.

The complex is subdivided into four distinct areas: the Police Precinct, common public spaces, the Fire and Rescue Department, and the Truck Bay/Garage. The center includes an on-site power generation facility giving the complex the ability to serve as a shelter and emergency operations center in the event of a hurricane or disaster. The design and construction also had to meet very strict environment standards as City vehicles are fueled on-site.

The Public Safety Complex is a secured, fully digital facility, completely connected to the City data and communications network, and will serve as a link of the Public Safety transition into the 21st Century.

Product Information
Brick: General Shale Brick
EIFS: Parex
Metal Roofing: McElroy Metal
Windows: EFCO a Pella Company
Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Doors: Graham Hardware: ASSA ABLOY Companies
Flooring: AZROCK, Lees Carpet, Daltile.

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