of Nederland Public Safety Complex|
The LaBiche Architectural Group, Inc.
7999 Gladys Avenue, #101, Beaumont, TX 77706
Date Bid: July 2013
Construction Period: July 2013 to Aug 2014
Total Square Feet: 21,189 Site: 4 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 21,189; total, 21,189 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 24’; total, 24’.
Basic Construction Type: Addition/Renovation.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: Brick. Roof: Metal, 2-ply modified
bitumen. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: Fittz & Shipman, Inc. - 1405 Cornerstone
Court, Beaumont, TX 77706
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Lechtenberg Consulting, Inc. - P.O.
Box 6483, Lake Charles, LA 70606
General Contractor: Bruce's General Construction, Inc. - 1175
Reynolds Road, Beaumont, TX 77707
For coastal municipalities in Texas, it has been a long road to recovery
and they are only now completely recovering for storm damage created in
2005 and before. The effort has been assisted by federally funded
recovery projects centered on city infrastructure. The City of
Nederland, Texas was one of those cities and was faced with totally
revamping their city police and fire departments which were located in a
building first built in the 1950's and added onto on three separate
occasions. Both the police and fire departments were housed in spaces
which had long since become obsolete for their operations. Through
application to a federal grant, planning was begun on the relocation of
the City Hall to a new location, removal of a section of the existing
building used by the fire department, redesign and expansion of the
police department into the old City Hall and the addition of a City
Court/Emergency Operations Center. The purpose of these changes was to
better support their community
in future disasters.
The project consisted of completely stripping 15,400 square feet of an
existing building down to the exterior walls and building structure. The
existing building was completely redesigned to accommodate the City's
Police Department, City Court (that can be converted to an Emergency
Operations Center) and provide executive offices for the Fire
An addition of 5,300 square feet was added to accommodate the Fire
Department's new apparatus bay for six fire engines, dormitory, kitchen
and support spaces. In addition circulation was designed to allow both
public and private access to all departments housed in the Complex. The
addition was placed on the site to allow the fire engines to be moved
outside of both the front and rear of the apparatus bays without
impeding traffic on nearby streets. A tower was placed on the front of
the new addition for drying fire hoses and training responders in tower
rescue and repelling. Repelling can be done both inside the tower and
from the towers third floor balcony. The tower also gives the building a
strong presence on the city's major street, Boston Avenue.
The building's interior is designed for safety and control of public
access due to the nature of the buildings function. Public access is
into a lobby space with separates the public from all departments in the
building. Access beyond the lobby is controlled by both receptionists
for the police and fire departments. The finishes used in the building
are designed for heavy traffic and ease of maintenance. Restrooms are
outfitted with ceramic tile walls and floors as well as handicapped
accessible fixtures. The buildings color scheme is based upon organic
colors with an attempt to sidestep trendy colors which would be quickly
outdated over the buildings lifespan.
Building Envelope: Acme Brick
Roofing: Soprema, Imetco Metal Roofing
Interior: U.S. Gypsum
Flooring: Mannington, J & J Carpet, Karidean International, Roppe
Windows, Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Lighting: Cooper Metalux, Sure-Lites, Luminere, Portfolio, Alkco,
Invue, Fail-Safe, U.S. Architectural Lighting, SLV Lighting