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  Western Technical College, Public Safety Training FacilityWestern Technical College, Public Safety Training Facility


Millennium Architects & Designers
1263 Main Street, #122, Green Bay, WI 54302

General Description

Location: Sparta, Wisconsin
Date Bid: Mar 2010 Construction Period: May 2010 to Sept 2010
Total Square Feet: 9,420 Site: 80 acres.
Number of Buildings: One. Building Sizes: First floor, 9,420; total, 9,420.
Building Height: First floor, 14’4”; total, 14’4”.
Basic Construction Type: IIIB/New. Foundation: Cast-in-place. Exterior Walls: CMU, ICF’s/concrete & metal studs. Roof: Metal. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: Larson Engineering, Inc. - 2801 E. Enterprise Ave., #200, Appleton, WI 54913
General Contractor: Market & Johnson - 1652 Lakeshore Drive, LaCrosse, WI 54603
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Harwood Engineering Consultants, Ltd. - 255 N. 21st Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233
Civil Engineer: DP Engineering, Inc.
LEED Consultant: Madison Environmental, LLC - 1914 Monroe St., #101, Madison, WI 53711

Western Technical College's existing Sparta Facility was constructed as a training facility for police and fire professionals. Built in three phases the original building was constructed
in the early 1990s.

Today with the latest renovations and additions the Western Technical Colleges' Public Safety Training Facility is a self-sustaining environment receiving LEED(R)
Gold Certification.

The facility's number one priority is the education of safety and a large portion of the professional student body is centered on teaching fire protection skills. This allows for numerous opportunities to integrate actual building life-cycle costs measures with actual learning opportunities.

With water as a central theme, a natural recycling system has been engineered to model the earth's own natural water recycling process. Water is extracted through a naturally occurring artesian well, utilized for domestic purposes and discharged back into the earth through a combination of ponds and infiltration fields. Located above the aquifer of origin, the water slowly cleanses itself through layers of engineered soils covered in native water tolerable vegetation until it finds its way back to replenishing the aquifer. During periods of temperate climate, when no additional heating or cooling needs are required to provide for a comfortable working environment, the water by passes the building and discharges directly into the pond and infiltration fields.

A major component of the design includes an open-loop geo-thermal heating and cooling system whose 50-degree baseline temperature is locally tempered through a zoned distribution of VAV boxes to meet the different thermal comfort needs of the building areas.

Due to the naturally flowing water supply that fills the pond and infiltration fields, a pressurized water supply is set up and maintained as a sprinkler system reservoir. This water level is balanced in a nearby satellite sprinkler house where the water is held back for reserve emergency fire fighting procedures. When needed, a large fire pump inside the sprinkler house extracts the water from the reservoir providing additional water pressure to the fire suppression system. Whether it is supplying the facility's fire suppression system, filling the emergency fire fighting vehicles and practice site fire hydrants, or maintaining the building grounds through a grey water site irrigation and plumbing fixture supply systems, the entire facility becomes a living, natural occurring training environment for educating its area first responder professionals.

This reservoir also provides for a large diversification of hands-on water training exercises. Designed with a compacted gravel drive extending from an access road, automobiles can be lowered into the pond to different levels of submersion, providing students with opportunities to conduct controlled dive rescues in preparation for real life situations. In the winter, the frozen pond allows for break through type rescues.

To complement the geo-thermal system energy efficiency, the exterior walls are constructed of insulated concrete forms. These ICFs consist of a dense high R rigid insulated outer shell with a
10-inch wide reinforced concrete structural wall within. A cool roof and window orientation atop optimize natural day light adding to the building's passive
solar design.

The majority of the facilities ICF wall system is clad in a single wythe, split face insulated concrete block creating a bearing wall condition for the metal joist and roof deck above.

LEED® Points Achieved           63 Total
Sustainable Sites                      15
Water Efficiency                       8
Energy & Atmosphere               23
Materials & Resources                3
Indoor Environmental Quality    10
Innovation & Design Process       4 

Product Information
Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF): TF Systems
Metal Roofing: The Garland Company
Windows, Entrances & Storefronts, Daylighting: Tubelite
VCT: Armstrong Carpet: Interface Lighting: Lithonia

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