With a rapidly growing community and the ongoing planned development of Old Coppell, the Coppell Fire Department enlisted BRW Architects to assess the needs and feasibility of creating a new center for community safety and education. The City of Coppell Safety Park will provide 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 features (park, museum, community party room, public classrooms) that will enhance the adjacent Main Street development. Safety Town’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 will go further 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 will feature fortified construction and generator power to ensure a command center capable of maintaining operations through unforeseen events. The program requirements were determined through 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, Safety Town and community amenities.