Irving Selects Architects Design Group to Develop Master Plan for the New Police and Fire Training Center
Posted: Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 | Updated: Mon Feb 17, 2014
New training facility will expand the city's training capabilities
Irving, TX - The nationally recognized and award winning public safety architectural firm, Architects Design Group (ADG), was recently selected to develop the master plan for the new City of Irving, Texas Police and Fire Training Center.
Tasks for the project include site analysis, drainage impacts, facility master planning, conceptual design and cost estimating for the new training facility on the property at the southeast corner of North Belt Line Road and State Highway 161.
The current Police and Fire Training Center, located on Esters Road, was built in the early 1980's and has exceeded its space requirements for department operations and training capabilities.
The new Center will allow the city to expand their training capabilities and will include, fire administration, fire dispatch and crew quarters, media library, fire and EMS training classrooms, SCBA maze room, burn tower, two bedroom apartment for training, indoor and outdoor gun ranges, police dispatch, North Irving police operations, emergency operations management, an auditorium, and a fitness room.
ADG Selected! - Boone County Joint 911 Communications and EOC Facility Planning Commenced
Posted: Friday, February 7, 2014 | Updated: Tue Feb 11, 2014
Boone County, MO - Architects Design Group (ADG), a nationally recognized architecture firm specializing in public safety projects, was recently selected in association with PW Architecture, for the programming, master plan and design of the new Boone County Joint 911 and EOC Facility.
The state-of-the-art facility will be a joint-use facility utilized by all emergency responders in Boone County, including the City of Columbia, Missouri University, and the Boone County Sheriff’s Office. The new facility will be located off County Road and Roger Wilson Memorial Drive, on the existing Sheriff's Public Safety Complex site. "Having multiple public safety functions co-sited provides the County many advantages," said ADG Project Architect Kevin Ratigan.
In order to protect the community and keep communication open during a natural or man-made disaster, the new facility will be designed to survive F5 tornado wind speeds and will include the latest in communications and security technology.
The project construction budget is tentatively set at $10 million; with construction expected to begin as early as next fall.
Belton Selects Architects Design Group for Police Station Renovation and Addition
Posted: Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 | Updated: Mon Feb 17, 2014
Belton, TX - Nationally recognized and award winning public safety architectural firm, Architects Design Group (ADG), was recently selected for master planning, design and construction adminstration of the renovation and addition to the Belton, Texas police facility.
The existing Police Department facility was originally built in 1990 and houses the police and municipal courts. The facility is not only out-dated, it requires significant technology upgrades, and will be reconfigured to accommodate future growth projections.
Much like other communities in Bell County and throughout Texas, the City of Belton will be experiencing rapid growth over the next few decades. The transformation will be spurred by the continued development from Belton south to Austin and north to Waco. Growth estimates for Belton are projected to be 40 percent by the year 2035. The addition will offer the Police Department room to grow along with the city over the next 20 years.
The new state-of-the-art facility will include municipal courts, records, communications, property and evidence, administration, and patrol and special operations.
Design Complete! - Sarasota County Public Safety, EOC and 911 Communications Facility
Posted: Monday, Dec 23, 2013 | Updated: Mon Jan 27, 2014
Sarasota County, FL - Architects Design Group (ADG), in association with Fleischman Garcia Architects, completed the construction documents for the new 40,000 SF Sarasota County Public Safety, EOC and 911 Communications facility, which will be located off Porter Way and Cattleman Road.
County officials, communications and emergency management staff, and community representatives gathered to celebrate the ground breaking for the new facility on Monday, December 9; and the project is now under construction.
The project has been something the County has been planning for a number of years once they learned that the Sarasota County Administration Center on Ringling Boulevard, where an EOC had been constructed on the sixth floor, could not withstand a hurricane stronger than a Category 3.
The new facility will provide the County a state-of-the-art building including, 40,000 SF to house the Emergency Operations Center, 911 Emergency Communications, 311 Call Center, and Sheriff's and Fire Administration training areas.
The facility is programmed to provide for current space needs, with provisions for future expansion to meet the 2030 needs. In addition, the facility has been designed to withstand windloads of up to 253 mph, allowing County staff to remain operational during and 72 hours after an emergency event.
Consistent with the County’s goals for sustainable design and LEED Silver certification, ADG’s design includes automated building systems controls for lighting and HVAC, water conserving and low-flow metered fixtures. Proposed energy efficient construction is to include thermally efficient glazing assemblies and envelope design. In addition, stormwater management systems utilize bioswales, and native plant species are used in landscape areas.
The success of the project was due in part to the inclusive process of gathering the needs and perspectives of all stakeholders, including user groups, management staff, elected officials and other Florida agencies who have built similar facilities.
The facility is scheduled to open prior to the 2015 hurricane season.
Belton Council Approves Firm for Building Expansion
Belton City Council - Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 | Updated: Wed Dec 11, 2013
BY GEOFF WEST | TELEGRAM STAFF
Belton, TX - The Belton City Council on Tuesday awarded a $297,035 contract to Architects Design Group (ADG) of Winter Park, Fla., to design the planned expansion of the city’s public safety building.
The firm will partner with KA Hickman Architects and Interior Designers of Round Rock for the master planning and design of the projected 10,000-square-foot expansion to the Second Avenue facility, which houses the police station and municipal court. The two firms previously partnered on the Georgetown Public Safety Center.
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Wildwood Selects ADG to Design New Police Station
Posted: Wednesda, Oct 30, 2013 | Updated: Mon Jan 27, 2014
Wildwood, FL - Nationally recognized and award winning public safety architectural firm, Architects Design Group, was recently selected for master planning and design of Wildwood's proposed new police facility.
The existing Police Department facility was originally designed 48 years ago as a bomb shelter where the Governor of Florida and the President of the United States could seek safety if they were in the area. The facility is not only out-dated and non-energy efficient, it is cramped since the department grew from 10 full-time officers in 1986 to 23 today.
Much like the Villages and other Sumter County communities, the City of Wildwood will be experiencing rapid growth over the next few decades. Much of the transformation will be spurred by the community's prime location at the convergence of Florida's main arterial highways, affordable cost of living, and recent economic development predominantly through the expansion of the transportation industry.
The new state-of-the-art facility will provide the Wildwood Police Department the room to grow over the next 20 years to a projected staff total of 146. The facility will be located on city-owned land on CR 213 and will include an Emergency Operations Center, communications center, and spaces such as evidence processing, records, and a vehicle sally port.
Established in 1971, Architects Design Group is a full-service architectural and planning firm based in Winter Park, Florida that specializes in the innovative design of public sector architecture, including: public safety, law enforcement, communications and emergency operations facilities throughout the United States.
Orange County Sheriff Office Sector II - First LEED® Silver Certified Law Enforcement Facility
Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2012 | Updated: Mon Jan 27, 2014
Orange County, FL - Orange County’s 24,356 square foot Sheriff Office Sector II building, designed by Architects Design Group, has achieved LEED® Silver certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
The new $4 million building, located on Lake Underhill Road in Orlando, is the first law enforcement facility in Orange County to be LEED Silver certified and the third LEED certified building for Orange County.
The Sheriff Office Sector II sub-station achieved LEED Silver certification for low energy use, innovative lighting, water conservation and recycled building material use; as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. “By using less energy and water, this LEED certified building will save money for taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents and workers in the community,” said ADG Senior Vice President Kevin Ratigan.
LEED Silver certification was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community.
Building LEED Features:
> Alternative Transportation: Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
> Stormwater Management Plan: Captures and treats stormwater runoff from 90% of the average annual rainfall.
> Heat Island Effect: 55% of the building and site surfaces utilize highly reflective materials to reduce heat absorption.
> Water Efficient Landscaping: Plant materials selection with an irrigation system that reduces potable water consumption by 99%.
> Water Use Reduction: Reduced potable water by 40% by the use of low flow water lavatory valves.
> Optimized Energy Performance: Cost savings of 15.8% incorporating reduced lighting power density, occupancy sensors, and high efficiency glazing.
> Storage and Collection of Recyclables: Use of dedicated areas for collection and storage of recycling materials.
> Construction Waste Management: The project diverted 152.77 tons of on-site generated construction waste from a landfill to recycling agencies.
Architects Design Group has designed more than 2 million square feet of law enforcement facilities throughout the nation, and currently has several projects submitted for LEED certification including the Deltona Fire Station #65, the Greene County/Springfield Public Safety Complex, and the Charleston County EOC and 911 Call Center.
ADG Selected! - Georgetown Texas Public Safety Operations and Training Facility
Posted: Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 | Updated: Wed Feb 19, 2014
New Public Safety and Training Facility Scheduled to Open Late 2014
Georgetown, TX - Nationally recognized public safety architects Architects Design Group (ADG), in association with KAHickman Architects and Interior Designers, was recently selected for the programming, master plan and design of the new 70,000 sq. ft. Public Safety Operations and Training Facility in Georgetown, TX.
The Police Department and Fire Administration have outgrown current facilities which do not include adequate space requirements for offices, training, parking, conference rooms, and storage. In 2003, the City Council identified the Police Department and Fire Administration as five-year capital improvements in the City Facilities Plan.
Currently, most police operations are housed in a 100-year-old building that was originally constructed as the Georgetown Light and Water Works facility. Police Department operations are split into three buildings with a total of 18,000 sq. ft. Fire Administration is currently housed in a 8,200 sq. ft. facility nearly 120 years old that has served several other functions including the City’s first fire station, City Hall, jail, and Water Department.
The new Public Safety Operations and Training Facility is being designed to meet current and future needs through 2030. In addition to administration offices and training classrooms, the new facility will include several specialized areas including a Communications/Emergency Operations Center, Evidence Processing and Storage, Criminal Investigation Interview and Processing, Crime Lab, Outdoor Firing Range, and Obstacle Training Course.
Construction is scheduled to be completed by November-December 2014.
Design Completed for New Lake County Emergency Operations and Consolidated Dispatch Center
Posted: Monday, Mar 5, 2012 | Updated: Wed Feb 19, 2014
New EOC and Consolidated Dispatch designed to withstand a Category 5 Hurricane
Tavares, FL - Architects Design Group (ADG), headquartered in Winter Park, Florida announced the firm has completed the design of the $6.3 million, 26,200 square foot Lake County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Consolidated Dispatch Center.
The structure is designed to withstand significant natural forces with redundant critical systems in order to ensure facility survivability. Survivable building strategies included reinforced concrete walls and roof envelope systems designed to withstand sustained wind forces up to 160 mph. The building floor is elevated to protect the facility above the 500 year flood plain, and Home Land Security strategies were implemented to protect the facility with vehicular setbacks, CCTV surveillance cameras, and technology advanced door access systems.
ADG designed this joint-use facility to accommodate the Communications Department for the Sheriff, Fire and EMS as well as the Department of Emergency Management. The EOC portion of the facility contains an Incident Command Center with associated “break out” rooms, food service facilities, dormitories, and offices/conference areas for elected officials. ADG also assisted the County with hurricane hardening of the Central Energy Plant that will provide chilled water for HVAC.
The County’s current EOC is located on the second floor of the County Administration Building, but was never designed as a permanent EOC facility. Deficiencies include its size, an exterior envelope which may not withstand a natural disaster, insufficient space to accommodate emergency personnel for an extended time, lack of appropriate technology, and no back-up or redundant systems in the event of utility failure.
“It's imperative that public safety responders have the facility, tools and resources necessary to protect the community. The new hardened facility combines all the County’s dispatchers in one facility with Emergency Management officials, and will ensure safe, secure and survivable operations against natural or manmade disasters." said Architects Design Group Sr. Vice President and Project Architect Kevin Ratigan.
The County Commission approved the project for construction on Tuesday, February 28. The project is scheduled to be completed in one year.
SCAT Cattlemen Bus Transfer Station Completed
Posted: Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 | Updated: Wed Feb 19, 2014
Sarasota County, FL - Architects Design Group (ADG), as associate architect to FleischmanGarcia Architecture, announced the team has completed the $2.2 million Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) Cattlemen Bus Transfer Station.
The new bus transfer station, which opened on January 23, will accommodate the expansion of SCAT’s services as well as the increasing needs of its transit-dependent community.
Located just north of the Sarasota County Government Cattlemen Complex off of Cattlemen Road and Bahia Vista Street, the new station includes six bays that can accommodate SCAT’s 29- and 35-foot buses, as well as its new 40-foot Express buses. The station also includes a separate area for small paratransit buses.
Offering patrons and staff several conveniences, the new station includes a covered platform, restroom facilities, a lounge for bus operators and supervisors, a station manager office, and electronic signage to direct riders to their buses. Electronic ticketing and security cameras are being installed.
“Green design was very important to SCAT,” said associate architect Kevin Ratigan. “The station was designed for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification with the U.S. Green Building Council. Sustainable features include highly reflective roofing, low water consumption plumbing fixtures, energy efficient lighting, and water efficient landscaping.
ADG Selected! - Hillsborough County Public Safety Operations Complex
Posted: Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012 | Updated: Wed Feb 19, 2014
New Public Safety Complex will be designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane
Tampa, FL - Architects Design Group (ADG), in association with FleischmanGarcia, was recently selected for the design and construction administration of the County’s new Public Safety Complex.
The County’s current 18,000 square-foot Emergency Operations Center is more than 20 years old and is too small to accommodate emergency responders during a significant natural or man-made disaster. In addition, the current facility was only designed to withstand a Category 2 hurricane with wind loads up to 110 mph.
The new facility, tentatively proposed to be located off of Columbus Drive between Falkenburg Road and U.S. 301, is projected to be between 72,500 square feet and cover more than 20 acres. Also included is 29,000 square feet of auxiliary buildings. The complex will consolidate various County functions such as Fire Rescue Headquarters, Fire Rescue Training, Emergency Operations, Emergency Dispatch, Traffic Management, Information Technology, and Code Enforcement.
Located on the west coast of Florida with a real threat of a direct hit from a major hurricane, the new buildings will be designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane and sustained wind loads greater than 155 mph. “The community depends on emergency responders to prepare for and provide response, mitigation, and recovery from emergency incidents,” said Architects Design Group President Ian Reeves. “Disaster situations change continuously and we design these specialized facilities and operations to be survivable in order help the community when they otherwise can’t help themselves,” noted Reeves.
Construction is scheduled to be completed when the 2013 hurricane season begins.
Greene County, Missouri’s New Public Safety Center Designed to Withstand Tornadoes
Posted: Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011 | Updated: Wed Feb 19, 2014
New Emergency Operations Center will help coordinate federal, state and local response agencies during a disaster
Springfield, MO - Springfield, Missouri, is only 73 miles from Joplin, where a deadly EF-5 tornado killed 162 people earlier this year. Although it is difficult to know when and where one of these deadly tornadoes will hit, Springfield and the surrounding communities can be comforted knowing their community’s new emergency operations and communication center is built to survive manmade and natural disasters, including EF-5 tornadoes - a category reserved for only the fiercest and most devastating of tornadoes.
Greene County’s Public Safety Center is designed to withstand 250-MPH wind speeds in order to protect mission critical systems, including the Springfield-Greene County 9-1-1 Communications Center and the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management. In order to harden the facility for survivability, the design team used heavy steel, 8 to 16-inch solid concrete walls, a foundation that is secured to solid rock, and redundant water and power systems. In addition, the 10,000 square-foot Emergency Operations Center, which is used to collect and disseminate information and resources during a disaster, is located in the basement of the Center.
Ryan Nicholls, Director of the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management, said it's imperative for emergency responders and disaster operations to be protected from hazards that disrupt the rest of the community. "Nothing is more critical for a community's disaster resiliency than a functional emergency operations center," said Nicholls.
National Emergency Operations Center design experts Architects Design Group, in association with local architect Pellham Phillips Architects Engineers, designed the facility, and are working closely with the construction manager, DeWitt and Associates, Inc. This facility will be the first of its kind in Missouri.
“The community depends on emergency responders to prepare for and provide response, mitigation, and recovery from emergency incidents,” said Architects Design Group President Ian Reeves. “Disaster situations change continuously and we design these specialized facilities and operations to be survivable in order help the community when they otherwise can’t help themselves,” noted Reeves.
The Emergency Operations Center will be used to help coordinate federal, state and local response agencies during a disaster. The building will also serve as a regional coordination center for disaster response in southwest Missouri.
Construction of the 56,000 square-foot facility began in December 2010, and is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2012, prior to the peak months for tornadoes in the Midwest – April, May and June. The energy-efficient building features a green roof and is designed to obtain LEED certification.
Architects Design Group Helps Bring World Trade Center Artifact to the City of Sarasota Police Department
Posted: Tuesday, Sept 13, 2011 | Updated: Mon Feb 17, 2014
Sarasota, FL - The City of Sarasota, Sarasota Police Department, Architects Design Group, and hundreds of citizens came together to attend the dedication of a World Trade Center (WTC) memorial on Sunday, September 11th at the Sarasota Police Department.
The center piece of the memorial is a 14.5-foot, 2,500 pound steel beam which is a remnant of Tower #2 from the WTC after the twin towers collapsed in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. This is a memorial to the First Responders who lost their lives while saving others. Four hundred three police and fire fighters died making the evacuation a success. The WTC metal sits on a concrete pedestal in the entry plaza to the Sarasota Police Department.
The WTC artifact was donated to the Sarasota Police Department by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Architects Design Group, who designed the new six-story, 200,000 SF Sarasota Police Headquarters, took the lead in organizing all private sector entities who contributed their services pro-bono to make this memorial a reality for the City of Sarasota.
Architects Design Group, and several other consultants, worked for more than a year and a half on the design, engineering, preparation and placement services for the WTC artifact. “I have had the opportunity to spearhead the effort to reach out to our engineers and into the local Sarasota community to solicit qualified expertise in making this vision become a reality for our friends at the Sarasota Police Department and the City. We at ADG want to thank everyone who participated in this effort; it was a long time coming but will always be there,” said Architects Design Group President Ian Reeves.
Architects Design Group CEO Receives AIA Orlando Medal of Honor
Posted: Monday, July 25, 2011 | Updated: Wed Feb 19, 2014
Winter Park, FL - Architects Design Group (ADG) Chief Executive Officer, I.S.K. Reeves, V, FAIA, received the “Medal of Honor” from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Orlando Chapter.
I.S.K. Reeves, V, FAIA was honored with the “Medal of Honor” for his distinguished 44-year career, during which he has consistently devoted his efforts towards the advancement of the profession as well as serving as a genuinely passionate advocate for the value of design excellence.
Mr. Reeves founded ADG in 1971, and since that time has been actively involved in numerous professional associations, including being elected as a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) and serving on the AIA National Committee on Architecture for Justice. He has been honored with several awards of design excellence as well as receiving the AIA Orlando Nils M. Schweizer Community Service Award. Under Mr. Reeves’ leadership, ADG received the AIA Orlando Firm of the Year Award, AIA Florida Firm of the Year Award and several national, state and local design excellence awards for projects designed throughout the U.S.
Architects Design Group Designs Sunrise Public Safety Complex
Posted: Monday, July 25, 2011 | Updated: Wed Feb 19, 2014
New training facility will expand the city's training capabilities
Sunrise, FL - Architects Design Group (ADG), headquartered in Winter Park, announced the firm has completed the $32.5 million, 133,000 square foot Public Safety Complex for the City of Sunrise, Florida.
The complex, which combines the Sunrise Police Department, Fire Rescue Administration and Training, Joint-Use Broward County/City of Sunrise 911 Communications Center, Emergency Operations Center, M.I.S. Data Center, and an indoor eight-lane Firing Range into a five-story state-of-the-art facility, celebrated its grand opening on June 4, 2011. Attendees included elected officials, city officials, ADG, the construction management team of Stiles Construction, and over 200 city residents.
ADG designed the complex to include all the necessary elements for a fully functioning police department; vehicle evidence processing, emergency services unit vehicle storage and a drive through sallyport, serving the multiple-cell holding facility. Adjacent to the Public Safety facility is a four-bay station and a centralized energy plant.
The structure is designed to withstand wind speeds of 160 mph, with 100 percent mechanical and electrical redundancy to all critical infrastructure to ensure the complex remains operational before, during and after a natural or manmade disaster.
In addition, ADG designed the complex with “green” principles in mind, including the use of water cooled chillers, a high performance exterior façade, high efficiency light fixtures, light sensors, WaterStar compliant plumbing fixtures, reflective roofing, Low VOC materials, recycled materials, and the use of regional materials.
Architects Design Group Designs Okeechobee County Emergency Operations Center
Posted: Monday, July 18, 2011 | Updated: Wed Feb 19, 2014
Okeechobee County, FL - Architects Design Group (ADG), headquartered in Winter Park, announced the firm has completed the $3.6 million, 14,500 square foot Okeechobee County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and 911 Communications Center.
The structure is designed to withstand significant natural forces with redundant critical systems, in order to ensure facility survivability. Survivable building strategies included reinforced concrete walls and roof envelope systems designed to sustained wind forces up to 175 mph. The building floor is elevated to protect the facility for a 500 year flood, and Home Land Security strategies were implemented to protect the facility with vehicular barriers, CCTV surveillance cameras, intercom stations and technology advance door access systems.
ADG designed this joint-use facility to accommodate the Communications Department for the Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Emergency Management. The EOC portion of the facility contains an Incident Command Center with associated “break out” rooms, food service facilities, dormitories, and offices/conference areas for elected officials. ADG also assisted the County in acquiring more than $1.75 million in grant funding for the project.
The EOC/911 Center celebrated its grand opening on June 3, 2011. Several local dignitaries attended this special event, including Ms. Bobi O’Neal, wife of the original EOC Director who made recommendations to the County to build the facility. Ms. O’Neal received a posthumous award for Mr. Gene O’Neal’s life of service and dedication to the Okeechobee County community, and the Incident Command Center of this facility was named after O’Neal. Other attendees included County Commissioners Ray Domer, Bryant H. Culpepper, Joey Hoover, and Margaret Garrard Helton, and the General Contractor team Brooks and Freund.
Architects Design Group Selected for Design of New City of Clermont Police Department Headquarters
Posted: Friday, June 10, 2011 | Updated: Wed Feb 19, 2014
Clermont, FL - Architects Design Group, Inc. (ADG) was recently selected as architects for the new Clermont Police Department Headquarters. ADG's responsibilities will include development of a spatial needs assessment, master planning, site analysis of current Police Headquarters property, and the design of the new Police Headquarters facility. GatorSktch Architects from Clermont will assist with the construction phase services on the project.
The new Police Headquarters will provide the Clermont Police Department with the much needed room to improve services and safety, and provide room for the increase in staff since the original facility was built in 1990s. The current 7,000 SF facility was built for around 25 officers and today has almost three times the number of officers. As well, Clermont's population has increased by 144 percent since 2000.
The new facility will include a new secure sallyport, inmate holding area, specialized property and evidence storage areas, and technologically advanced communications.