The East Metro Turns Up the Heat on Public Safety with a New Training Facility

Challenge

Multiple local fire departments were in need of a centralized training campus and concrete fire training structure, which included integrated fire simulation systems. The 5-acre site chosen for the campus required site grading operations, utility installation, and architectural designs.

Solution

The site was investigated prior to property transfer and for site redevelopment. Regulatory assurances were acquired for on-site contamination identified during investigation activities. Ground conditions consisted of mixed organic and alluvium soils, sandy till and shallow water table. Geotechnical recommendations were provided for new buildings, pavement areas, ponds and stockpile areas. Recommendations included shallow and at-grade foundations, muck excavation and surcharges.  The training center was developed over seven years and has the support and endorsement from 25 fire departments, Ramsey and Washington Counties and Century College. In addition to full architectural design services, we assisted the City in securing $3.4 million in state and local grants to help the project come to fruition.

Features

  • Burn building
  • Training and tactical building for prop storage
  • Simulation and setup
  • Hydrant and hose relay facilities
  • Training and burn tower

Project
East Metro Public Safety Training Center

Location
Maplewood, Minnesota

Client
City of Maplewood

Services
Architecture
Civil Engineering
Construction Services
Environmental Engineers and Scientists
Geographic Information Systems
Geotechnical Engineering
Heavy Civil
Highway Design
Marketing/Communications
Mechanical/Electrical Engineering
Natural Resource Scientists