With a rapidly growing community and the ongoing planned development of Old Coppell, the Coppell Fire Department enlisted BRW Architects to design a new center for community safety and education. The City of Coppell Life Safety Park provides education to school children, families, and the general public regarding overall safety, fire procedures, severe weather and pedestrian caution. The facility covers a spectrum of public educational needs while going further to provide neighborhood amenities that enhance the adjacent Main Street development. The Life Safety Park’s proximity to the farmer’s market and Main Street development obliges a design that is attentive to the scale and aesthetic of historical Texas architecture.
The Safety facility was established to protect and serve the community by incorporating an Emergency Operations Center to operate in times of need. The site is centrally located, adjacent to utilities, and features fortified construction and generator power to ensure a command center capable of maintaining operations through unforeseen events. The program requirements were determined through community meetings, discussions, a site visit and touring a comparable facility in a neighboring community. The site plan, floor plans and elevations reflect the accommodations of the spatial and functional needs for education, administration, emergency command and community amenities.