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  City of Nederland Public Safety ComplexCity of Nederland Public Safety Complex


The LaBiche Architectural Group, Inc.
7999 Gladys Avenue, #101, Beaumont, TX 77706

General Description

Location: Nederland, Texas
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.

Project Team

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 Department.

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.

Product Information
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

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