Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Training Center
BRW Architects developed a Master Plan for three campuses on an existing 200 acre ranch in Hamilton County, Texas. Phase 1 created a new Central campus consisting of three buildings around a central courtyard, these buildings include the Administration Headquarters, an Education facility with Lecture Hall, Classrooms and an Armory, and the Physical Training Center complete with a Gymnasium, Locker Rooms and Showers. A future indoor Water Rescue Training Pool will complete the Central campus in later phases. In Phase II, BRW designed and completed construction administration on the new Maintenance facility for the TPW fleet services. A facility that provides service bays for not only trucks and cars owned and operated by TPW, but also heavy equipment, four wheeled ATV, boats and trailers. Within this phase of the master plan the first of two residences for the Director of the GWTC was constructed and currently provides a three bedroom living environment for the Major and his family.
In the current Phase III project, future West campus renovations will improve living, sleeping, health care, recreation facilities. Other elements to be added on the East campus will be outdoor facilities serving an Emergency Vehicle Driving Course and outdoor rifle and handgun shooting ranges. A second single-family residence and a jogging track are also master planned. Buildings and outdoor hardscaping use materials such as native stone, cedar siding, and exposed wood structure that echo the beauty of the natural environment. A decomposed granite path with new trees connects the West and Central campuses. Areas disturbed by construction were restored with native vegetation. Landscaping becomes more structured as it approaches the Central campus courtyard. Rainwater collection from the Administration Building is collected for a drip irrigation system for trees and the courtyard.