BRW Architects has a long working relationship with the City of Lewisville. When the Police and Fire Training Facility needed an expansion, they trusted BRW to successfully complete the project. The existing Police training facility consisted principally of indoor and outdoor shooting ranges, and an outdoor obstacle course. The fire training burn tower next door lacked indoor training facility for the Fire Department. The new addition provides two much-needed classrooms. One large, 75-seat classroom, primarily for the Police Department’s use, can be sectioned off into two or three separate rooms as needed. The other smaller, 25-seat classroom is primarily for the Fire Department and has an attached break area.
The fire classroom is designed ruggedly as a “dirty classroom”, to accommodate sessions between outdoor training scenarios, and can be washed down. Two new Police training simulation rooms – one for fire arms and one for driving – also expand the facility’s training capabilities. The addition also included an office, several storage areas, and restrooms. Additionally, the project called for a separate garage building distinctly for storage and parking. It is large enough for one fire apparatus and typically houses a Fire training pump trailer, but also accommodates automobile forensic processing by the Police Department. The City of Lewisville is now able to leverage sharing or renting of the facility’s enhanced resources with other entities including neighboring municipalities and U.S. Army recruitment.