Richardson’s Public Safety Campus is located at a busy intersection along the Main Street Corridor. Comprised of Fire Administration, Fire Station #1, Police Headquarters, and 911|Dispatch, the campus promotes a unified presence within a well-established community. The existing facilities include structures from the 1950’s, 1970’s, and 1990’s and do not meet the needs of today’s Departments. New, large corporate development in the City has increased the need for public safety personnel and the existing buildings are no longer adequate. BRW was engaged to develop a Master Plan for the campus by means of departmental programming, evaluation of potential properties for acquisition, and site planning design.
The proposed site plan is organized with site security and public interface in mind. The public parking and building entry are on the west side of the site along Greenville Avenue, while the secured police parking is at the back of the site to the east. This simple hierarchy creates clear separation between secure police activities and open, public domain. By locating public access towards Greenville, the building façade is able to respond to the street context and create an open, transparent, welcoming entry. A large entry plaza and open green space create a platform to engage a vibrant community along the Main Street Corridor. This also allows the large quantity of police parking to be screened from the public street view, while maintaining the operational need of patrol vehicle parking within close proximity to the building.