Jacksonville Public Safety Complex

Jacksonville, Texas


  • Municipal


  • mechanical / plumbing engineering
  • electrical engineering


  • 31,680 SF

The Jacksonville Public Safety Complex is a police/fire dispatch and training facility complete with office space, a dispatch call center, evidence storage, witness interview areas, training and weight room spaces, as well as a full fire station with sleeping, living, and dining areas. BHB provided mechanical and electrical engineering services to three buildings at the Jacksonville Public Safety Complex: a 29,000-square-foot main building, a 980-square-foot vehicle search building, and a 1,700-square-foot fitness building.

The complex houses a three-bay fire/EMT apparatus garage, firefighter air replenishment system (FARS), an equipment storage room, an emergency operations center with ICC500 tornado shelter, and a laundry turnout room with drying lockers and laundry facilities. A complete kitchen and dining room, as well as day rooms and offices for the police, fire chiefs, and other command personnel are also located within the complex.

A substantial part of the MEP design for this project was the large, 500 kW diesel generator that supports power for the main building for over 48 hours (up to six times the average amount of time for a back-up generator). The reserve fuel capacity of this generator enables the complex to operate without interruption and allows time for any repair efforts or refueling in the case of a potential power outage (e.g., an ice storm). This is a common request among police/fire departments with emergency operations areas, as reliable power and back-up power solutions are critical for coordination and seamless communication with emergency crews in the field.

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