The new shared-use Public Safety Building is the culmination of years of programming, planning and conceptual design work and houses City Police, Regional Fire and EMS Departments. It was constructed on a small site on the periphery of downtown that already housed the Department of Public Works Building.
The police side of the building is one-story and includes a garage with fencing for vehicle storage and evidence processing, a sally port, an evidence processing and storage area, a squad room, an intake space with soft and hard interview rooms, locker rooms, and administrative space for investigators, clerical, and police officials.
The Fire/EMS side of the building is two-story and includes four, drive-through apparatus bays, a hose/training tower, administrative space for inspectors, paramedics and fire officials, eight bunks, a dayroom, and a kitchen.
Shared functions include the lobby, a 50-person training room, a 10-person conference room, and a fitness center.
Awards: The Daily Reporter/Wisconsin Builder – Top Project, 2009