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Public buildings reflect the character, values, and aspirations of the communities that commission them, becoming a legacy to the next generation. We take that responsibility very seriously. Jeff Gerber, AIA, LEED AP Chief Executive Officer PGAL

At PGAL, whether the assignment is to create a signature city hall, a recreation complex, or a public works building, our design reflects both the special character of the community and the fiscal concern of its citizens. We are proud to have worked with the following Texas municipal clients:

Creating collaborative partnerships across Texas since 1946

City of Allen

City of Colleyville

City of Houston

City of Rosenberg

City of Anna

City of Conroe

City of Kerrville

City of Rowlett

City of Arlington

City of Coppell

City of Lakeway

City of San Benito

City of Austin

City of Corpus Christi

City of League City

City of San Marcos

City of Baytown

City of Dallas

City of Lewisville

City of Seabrook

City of Bee Cave

City of Dayton

City of Liberty

City of Seguin

City of Bellaire

City of Denison

City of McAllen

City of Sealy

City of Bertram

City of Denton

City of McKinney

City of Southside Place

City of Bremond

City of Frisco

City of Missouri City

City of Sugar Land

City of Bunker Hill Village

City of Fulshear

City of Navasota

City of Terrell

City of Canyon

City of Galveston

City of Pasadena

City of Victoria

City of Carrollton

City of Garland

City of Pearland

City of Webster

City of Carthage

City of Georgetown

City of Plano

City of West University Place

City of Cedar Park

City of Granbury

City of Port Arthur

The Woodlands Township

City of Chico

City of Hedwig Village

City of Port Neches

City of College Station

City of Hereford

City of Richardson

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PROJECT SPEC S owner City of Navasota construction budget $6.3 million delivery CMAR completion 2011


PGAL designed this 30,000-squarefoot municipal complex and downtown streetscape to complement Navasota’s historic city hall. Our team provided master planning, programming, and bond referendum support as well as preliminary and final design for the new city hall, which includes public safety and police and courts facilities

and an emergency operation center. The design recreates the City of Navasota’s early architecture, most of which was built in the late 1800s and early 1900s. With a similar look to the original 1903 city hall, the new facility now houses the police department, city administration, municipal courts, and public works. The public safety facilities include

police operations, a 9-1-1 area, a community room, a forensic facility, a secured detention area, a jail facility, a property room for evidence storage, records retention, a fitness area, an interview/interrogation room, an evidence processing area, and a sally port.

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PROJECT SPEC S owner City of Allen leed status Platinum Certified construction budget $3.3 million delivery Competitive Sealed Proposal completion 2012


Designed to accommodate eight firefighters at full capacity, this 10,500-square-foot, LEED Platinum-certified, three-bay fire station serves as a prototype and learning tool for the City of Allen. The station was designed to help the city understand green design options and the LEED rating system, with an eye toward future citymandated sustainable initiatives. The space also educates the public through tours and seminars. The building’s most prominent green

feature is the inverted “butterfly roof.” Visible from inside and out, the roof welcomes natural light into the facility’s public and semiprivate areas from continuous north and south clerestory windows. The inverted roof is also designed to capture and harvest rainwater for landscape irrigation and fire equipment washing. Other sustainable strategies include a geothermal HVAC system and automated daylight harvesting.

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PROJECT SPEC S owner City of Baytown construction budget $9 million delivery Design-Bid-Build completion 2016


PGAL designed a Tier 2 operations center for the City of Baytown. Located outside the 500-year flood zone, the facility is in an area expected to receive no more than a minimal category four hurricane. It’s also near a major thoroughfare for support purposes during an emergency situation.

The facility encompasses 9-1-1 emergency communications and City Information Technology Services Department common areas. The ITS department is a 24/7 operation that includes a dispatch center, consolidated radio/9-1-1 equipment room, communication coordinator office, and data center.

The operations center features a three-level security system that integrates exterior motion detection equipment, IP cameras, and HID scanners.

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PROJECT SPEC S owner City of Coppell leed status Silver Certified construction budget $4.5 million delivery Design-Bid-Build completion 2005


This 13,560-square-foot, LEED Silver-certified facility serves the recreational, communal, social, and educational requirements of senior adults, as well as providing public meeting spaces for after-hours community use. Spaces within the center are organized around an elongated community room that overlooks the water feature and historic park beyond. From this space, visitors can access a variety of activity spaces, including a large subdividable multipurpose room with a stage, arts and crafts classroom, activity classroom,

and fitness center. The center also includes a personal services lounge, game room, and exterior shaded patio. Additional support spaces include a commercial kitchen, administrative suite, public restrooms, and park restroom facilities. The facility was designed to harmonize with its 1930s WPAera historic park setting using natural materials such as stone, exposed wood columns and roof deck, and metal roofs. Designed to provide a friendly and comfortable setting for individuals 50 and older, the center has generous natural

lighting and glass, a fireplace as a focal point, easy straightforward circulation, and great attention to acoustics. New walking trails also connect to existing park trails, providing a one-third-of-a-mile accessible loop from the center.

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PROJECT SPEC S owner City of Georgetown construction budget $2.25 million delivery CMAR completion 2016


The first phase of the new City of Georgetown Westside Service Center includes the following programmed spaces: administrative space for public works staff, a new home for the conservation department, public interaction space (related to conservation education), a training room, large bullpen space for public works

technicians, locker rooms, showers, break room, tool/work space, three large storage bays, interior storage cages, and large covered canopy for material storage. Future phases will include an expansion of the phase one storage canopy and new detached vehicle storage canopies.

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PROJECT SPEC S owner City of Conroe construction budget $24.3 million delivery CMAR completion 2016


This new law enforcement complex is designed to accommodate the City of Conroe’s recent and anticipated growth. The project includes a 69,500-square-foot combined police headquarters and municipal courts facility as well as a separate SWAT building. It houses a 150-person courtroom, a uniform services bureau, a crime lab, evidence processing and storage, a secure server room for 9-1-1 and other equipment, and

a secure lobby. The complex is arranged to provide two distinct entrances and separate secured parking for the police department and municipal court functions. The building’s interior public zone facilitates interaction with personnel behind the counter, yet the building envelope is designed to withstand 146 mph hurricane-force wind and provide ballistic protection. Located on the north side of the city, the 11.59-acre site will eventually be

surrounded by other commercial and retail users, so the design solution enables mobility and easy access for all emergency vehicles. A series of needs assessment work sessions led by PGAL brought together key stakeholders and designers to collaborate on the functionality of the new facility and develop a 20-year master plan.

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PROJECT SPEC S owner City of West University Place leed status Silver Certified construction budget $9.9 million delivery CMAR completion 2010

CITY OF WEST UNIVERSITY PLACE RECREATION CENTER WEST UNIVERSITY PLACE, TEXAS With its contextual “Hill Country” design, this 38,000-square-foot recreation complex fits seamlessly into its residential setting. Surrounded by large specimen trees, the center’s exterior features a fieldstone and stucco façade, large curved window openings, and a pitched metal standing seam roof. The interior is equally warm, with patterned flagstone slate flooring

and an earth tone color palette. Natural light floods the building’s two-story entry volume. Glass and stainless-steel stair railings create a spacious, open feel. An eightlane indoor competition pool features rolled up glass doors that can be opened as weather permits. Overhangs control direct sun into the pool area, and decks extending beyond the pool building create a

space for lounge chairs and serve as spectator overflow during competition events. The facility also includes two conversion courts with movable walls to accommodate both racquetball and squash games. Outside are two Little League baseball fields with a batting cage, a soccer field, and a jogging trail.

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PROJECT SPEC S owner City of Sugar Land construction budget $3.9 million delivery CMAR completion 2006


The focal point of an ambitious capital improvements program at the Sugar Land Regional Airport, this 20,000-square-foot terminal facility is designed with a Texas “country club” aesthetic. Special architectural features include a Texas limestone and plaster façade, a standing seam metal roof, wide porches with rocking chairs, and a two-story ramp control tower. Texas limestone extends into the interior with two

stone fireplaces in the lobby, while wood trusses add dimension and support to the building’s center spine. Features include an executive lounge, conference and meeting rooms, airport concessions, and leased space for four rental car agencies. Pilot amenities include private bedrooms and shower facilities, a flight planning room, a library, and a commons living room.

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PROJECT SPEC S owner City of Plano construction budget $875,000 delivery Design-Bid-Build completion 2016


Located at the center of the Downtown Plano Arts District, this flexible outdoor public space accommodates a variety of concerts, plays, dance performances, and other community events. The renovated plaza features a nearly 800-square-foot covered stage, extensive landscaping, and a reconfigured parking lot that can double as an audience space for larger performances. The bidirectional stage provides the

flexibility to host events at a variety of scales. When it’s not hosting an event, the stage serves as a shaded gathering space that can be enjoyed by the community at large. As the heart of Plano’s burgeoning Arts District, McCall Plaza knits together the City’s growing array of cultural and entertainment assets. The plaza’s reconfigured parking lot includes designated spaces for food trucks, and a wide range of retail, dining, and entertainment options

is available within walking distance. Energy-efficient LED lighting allows the City to adapt the ambiance of the plaza stage based on a specific event, season, or special commemoration.

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PROJECT SPEC S owner City of Houston construction budget $3 million delivery Design-Bid-Build completion 2013


Bethel Missionary Baptist Church was founded in the late 1800s by Reverend John H. Yates, an early leader of Houston’s AfricanAmerican community. Located in Freedmen’s Town, a post-Civil War Houston neighborhood founded by freed slaves, the church has had three sanctuaries on the same site, with the earliest constructed in the 1890s and destroyed by

the Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900. The most recent structure was abandoned in 1997 and nearly destroyed by fire in 2005. PGAL provided design services for the adaptive reuse of the site to a beautiful neighborhood park and community amenity. Our design includes seating reminiscent of church pews; interpretive panels to highlight the site’s illustrious history;

open web trusses to reinforce the structure without obscuring natural light and views; refurbished masonry and accents; window openings that welcome abundant daylight; decorative fencing to secure the site while welcoming visitors; and beautiful landscaping throughout to propel the community’s revitalization.

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PROJECT SPEC S owner City of Bellaire leed status Silver Certified construction budget $4 million delivery CMAR completion 2010


Located on the heavily trafficked and highly visible corner site of the former station, Bellaire’s new sixbay, 180,000-square-foot fire station and emergency operations center is a commanding presence. The facility helps define the city’s public service infrastructure and represents an investment in the future of this established neighborhood. One of the primary design goals was to seamlessly integrate the new facility into the fabric of the community

while creating a distinct visual identity. To achieve this balance, PGAL translated traditional fire station elements — such as the brick façade and tower — into a modern vocabulary of clean lines, accent features, and state-of-the-art technology. The result is an eyecatching facility that is aesthetically comfortable in its surroundings, and fully equipped to provide first-rate public safety services.

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PROJECT SPEC S owner City of Sugar Land construction budget $13 million delivery CMAR completion 2004


The City of Sugar Land’s City Hall is an iconic 81,000-square-foot, three-story building with a plaza for community events and concerts. With a classical architectural style, the building features a limestone and brick façade, and its columnlined stair entry includes a copper bell and clock tower vertical element. This formal entryway distinguishes the municipal landmark and reflects the vision

of the rapidly growing community. PGAL worked closely with Sugar Land’s city hall departments to clearly define the requirements for the council chambers, council ready room, conference center, mayor’s office, council office, and foyer. The classic interior style is defined by architectural elements such as iconic columns and classical motifs in the casework and cherry paneling. These timeless features

set an overall neutral tone for the building that is balanced by color in fabrics and furnishings. PGAL created workstation standards for city personnel based on department hierarchy. Full-height, floor-toceiling wall systems maintain a sense of privacy for employees that transitioned from private offices to systems furniture.

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PROJECT SPEC S owner City of Seguin construction budget $24.3 million delivery CMAR completion 2016


Located on a wooded site overlooking Walnut Creek, the contemporary 43,000-square-foot building was designed to preserve as much of the site’s natural habitat as possible. Shaped to fit within several existing heritage trees and with ample glazing, the building successfully blends exterior and interior environments. The use of local limestone and brick with exposed wood roof decking enrich the exterior, while colored metal panels highlight showcase spaces

that project from the building. Cantilevered decks overlook the adjacent Walnut Creek and intercity hike-and-bike trail and an enclosed quiet room with floor-toceiling glass on three sides extends out into the branches of a pecan tree, providing visitors with the experience of sitting in a treehouse. Champagne-colored aluminum sunscreens strategically shade the high-performance glass covering nearly 40 percent of the façade, delivering abundant natural light

to the interior. Salvaged wood from a small number of pecan trees removed at the site was repurposed as flooring and unique live-edge furnishings throughout the facility. Nine glass-enclosed spaces accommodate meetings and study groups, and a large community room is available for after-hours use. The project was designed in association with 720 Design.

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PROJECT SPEC S owner City of Sugar Land + Houston Museum of Natural Science construction budget $4.5 million delivery CMAR completion 2009


The City of Sugar Land commissioned PGAL to revitalize the 1939 Central State Farm Prison Building into an aesthetically pleasing, 43,000-square-foot Museum of Natural Science annex. The split-level layout of the former prison presented a major challenge for the design team in converting the facility into an open, walkable

museum. PGAL completed an extensive renovation to modify the building’s design and integrate all areas. The three-foot brick, mortar, and steel bar-reinforced walls were removed, revealing an amazingly open and versatile space conducive to the creation of multiple exhibit areas. The design team updated the building’s exterior while maintaining

its historical significance. The renovated interior space comes alive with exploration stations, interactive children’s exhibits, and a variety of living exhibits, dinosaurs, and mineral collections.

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PROJECT SPEC S owner City of Webster construction budget $4.5 million delivery Design-Bid-Build completion 2013


This 18,000-square-foot missioncritical facility introduced a fresh aesthetic to Webster’s contemporary city hall and police station complex. The building’s inviting lodge-style façade incorporates limestone and clay brick, decorative concrete pavers, and a covered stonefaced front porch. The blue metal roof visually links the new facility

to existing buildings. Varying rooflines accommodate a range of facility uses and enhance the structure’s overall stature. Two tower elements — one fronting an interior stairway and one housing regional training facilities — extend the station’s height and presence. Architectural details include tower roof caps, white cast stone pendants, a prominent

cornerstone, and clerestory windows in bays. The first floor accommodates six apparatus bays, an office, a training room, a lobby, and public areas. The second floor houses kitchen, dining, laundry, and storage spaces, plus a fitness center and 14 sleeping quarters. These amenities enabled the department to expand its services to 24-hour coverage.

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PROJECT SPEC S owner City of Dallas leed status Gold Pending construction budget $3.4 million delivery Design-Bid-Build completion 2015


Originally designed in 1976 by the Pierce Lacey Partnership, the Fretz Park Library is a cherished local institution with an aesthetic that enhances the nearby park and recreation center. The City of Dallas hired PGAL to refresh, renovate, and expand the existing facility in a way that celebrates and honors the beloved original design. PGAL

maintained 75 percent of the original building while delicately adding new spaces, materials, and finishes to enhance the structure. The renovation includes a black box theater equipped with theater lighting, sound system, flexible stage and seating, a small dressing area, and seating for 80 patrons. PGAL also updated to the library’s

landscape, interior finishes, accessibility, HVAC, and technology, and made repairs to the exterior of the building.

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PROJECT SPEC S owner City of Cedar Park construction budget $4 million delivery CMAR completion 2012


This one-stop center provides Cedar Park residents with quicker access to City services while providing City employees with a more efficient and effective work flow environment. An existing complex, built in 2007, was gutted and adapted for the new facility. The

Mediterranean design of the original structure inspired the interior design and colors in a simple, clean, and elegant fashion. Architectural focus was given to the public spaces, such as the main lobby in Building 1, multipurpose room in Building 3, and council chamber in Building 4.

Staff office and support spaces have tasteful finishes, with warm tones and a prevalence of natural light filtering in from exterior windows through glass windows in interior partitions.

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PROJECT SPEC S owner City of Houston construction budget $53 million delivery Design-Bid-Build completion 2002


The nation’s largest facility of its type, this highly secure 9-1-1 call center and emergency dispatch complex (EOC) was completed by PGAL on a fast-track designbuild basis. The 128,000-squarefoot consolidated public safety communication facility responds to 3.6 million emergency calls annually and can accommodate additional service growth through the year 2020. All building systems have

24/7 N+2 redundancy. Components include a situation room with state-of-the-art technology, an auditorium and press room, and administration, operations, and dispatch facilities. The floorplan maximizes operational efficiencies, and the exterior brick, stone, and concrete components further express the facility’s clarity of function.

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PROJECT SPEC S owner City of Sugar Land construction budget $26 million delivery CMAR completion 2012


Building on its 20-year history of designing landmark structures for the City of Sugar Land, PGAL designed Constellation Field, the City’s new minor league ballpark. Working closely with key stakeholders and team management, our team developed design concepts,

produced bridging documents, and provided design management services for the project. Built to minor league baseball standards, the multipurpose facility offers numerous amenities for patrons, including an ice house for adults and an in-ground pool, splash pad, and playground for kids. Seating 7,500 to

9,500 people, the facility is designed to host a variety of sports, concerts, and corporate events. Additional amenities include 21 suites, upperlevel club seating, year-round meeting/dining/entertainment space, a picnic deck, and extensive playground facilities.

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PROJECT SPEC S owner City of League City construction budget $24 million delivery CMAR completion 2014


The new 74,000-square-foot Public Safety Building is a stateof-the-art multipurpose facility. The complex includes the City’s police department, jail, police and fire administration, conference and meeting rooms, information technology, records, 9-1-1 dispatch and emergency operations center, SWAT and officers’ armory, evidence storage, and crime lab. Other facilities include an 80-person

training room, a gymnasium, locker rooms, defensive tactics training, and a briefing room. Designed as a translucent beacon to the community, the two-story central lobby connects citizens to police/ fire departments as well as the second-floor evidence and records departments. The 9-1-1 dispatch center includes a 1,500-squarefoot call center that accommodates a total of 20 call stations. Quad-

image projectors and six wallmounted video monitors linked to the audiovisual system allow dispatchers to view traffic cameras, local and cable television stations, local weather, and call information. The dispatch center is also adjacent to the City’s emergency operations center, enabling the two areas to share resources.

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PROJECT SPEC S owner City of Bertram, Burnet County Library System construction budget $1.76 million delivery CMAR completion 2011


This 25,000-volume county library occupies a prominent site along Highway 29, serving as a gateway landmark for downtown Bertram. At 8,550 square feet, it includes a public meeting room, a coffee shop, adult and teen areas, a children’s library, and staff and support areas. Naturally lit from raised clerestory windows, the interior environment

features comfortable seating, study tables, public access computer stations, and wireless access throughout. Exterior materials reflect local architecture: facades consist of a 10-foot-high base of pasture stone in a fieldstone pattern with copper-colored metal siding above, and a galvalume roof. A continuous covered walkway

visually and functionally connects the facility to the historic covered porches common throughout the city. The roof and long clerestory windows bring to mind nostalgic images of agrarian buildings and train depots.

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PROJECT SPEC S owner City of Frisco construction budget $20 million delivery Design-Bid-Build completion 2005


PGAL provided master planning, site planning, and architectural services for the City of Frisco’s new police headquarters building and holding facility. The 94,000-square-foot facility encompasses administrative offices, conference rooms, security rooms, a jail, a firing range, an emergency operations center, a 9-1-1 dispatch, and forensic labs. Located on the ground floor, the Emergency Operations Center is adjacent to the 9-1-1communications

room and features single-use workspaces along its north wall to accommodate additional staff during heightened emergencies. All support spaces immediately adjacent to the dispatch room have full view through windows or corridors. Ergonomic furniture allows staff to avoid any distractions and focus on the task at hand.

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PROJECT SPEC S owner City of West University Place construction budget $5.6 million delivery CMAR completion 2011

CITY OF WEST UNIVERSITY PLACE CITY HALL + POLICE DEPARTMENT WEST UNIVERSITY PLACE, TEXAS Federal incentive money helped spur this much-needed, 19,000-square-foot renovation and expansion of West University Place’s existing city hall building. The addition provides space for the relocation of the city’s police and emergency operations in a center that includes the criminal investigation division, a squad

room, break rooms, showers and locker rooms, storage, evidence processing, records, jail facilities, interview rooms, juvenile detainment, a sally port, and an armory. The expansion also includes new single-occupancy sleeping quarters for firefighters. PGAL provided extensive code upgrades with reconfiguration of office and

administrative areas, training rooms, conference rooms, and storage spaces. The design for the addition complements the existing 1950s architecture.

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PROJECT SPEC S owner City of Allen construction budget $7.2 million delivery Design-Bid-Build completion 2005


Occupying a prominent 10-acre site, this campus is the premier public facility in the Allen Central Business District. PGAL master planned the 10-acre site for a twophase approach to constructing the facilities. The first phase expanded the public library and civic auditorium by 53,500 square feet. The second phase, to be completed during the future buildout of the City of Allen, will expand the library by 100,000 square feet.

The integration of retail concepts, including over-scaled signage, a corner tower, transparency, and bookstore-style shelving, create an exciting destination for patrons. Age-specific spaces include an elliptical patron services hall, a children’s library with a 400-gallon fresh-water aquarium, a glassenclosed teen space, numerous study rooms, a coffee shop, and a 290-seat tiered civic auditorium.

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PROJECT SPEC S owner City of Bellaire construction budget $16.2 million delivery CMAR completion 2018


Located between the City of Bellaire’s existing fire station and library, the new Police Department and Municipal Courts building will add more than 14,000 square feet of flexible, sustainable, and highly functional space. The building is part of a broader project that PGAL is overseeing for the City that also includes the design of a new City Hall and Civic Center

building. The new structures will replace two existing buildings on the site, which will be demolished once the new structures have been constructed to allow for occupancy of the existing buildings throughout project construction. Designed for LEED Silver certification, both buildings will be integrated into the adjacent green space and park areas. The design of the buildings

will take place in a single phase, with construction expected to be completed in two phases to minimize departmental moves.

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PROJECT SPEC S owner City of Conroe construction budget $3 million delivery CMAR completion 2018

The Conroe Fire Training Center is a 20.95-acre site that will support in-service training and eventually recruit academies for the city fire department. The Phase 1 Class A burn building is an 8,000-square-foot threestory structure with integral sixstory training tower. It simulates residential and commercial occupancies and has the capability of supporting Class A live fire

training in 12 rooms. The tower has a top platform that is 60’ above the ground and there are numerous training features, including various roof and balcony levels, a pitched roof ventilation prop, numerous rope tie-off points for rappelling training, and an upper level window designed to accommodate a 2,000 gallon per minute flow from an aerial master stream.


PROJECT SPEC S owner City of Dayton construction budget $7 million delivery CMAR completion 2018

The City of Dayton engaged PGAL to provide programming, design, and construction administration for a new combination fire/police facility with training, administration, and support spaces. The new Public Safety Facility will house the City’s Volunteer Fire Department, Police Department, and Municipal Court System.

courts in the same facility and to provide a separate building for the fire department. With that in mind, a large piece of land north of downtown was chosen to create the 30,000-square-foot, two-building public safety campus.

During programming, the decision was made to house the police and

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