City of Aurora Public Safety Training Center

Lead Certified

Normally, a building on fire is a bad thing. For the City of Aurora’s Public Safety Training Center (CAPSTC) project, structures were created expecting to be set on fire. The nature and intent of a place where city emergency responders can train is unique and requires innovative solutions and approaches to design and construction.

Requiring untraditional elements, such as grooved concrete for ladder training, propane-fed steel fire props that mimic furniture on fire, dirty classrooms for gun training and large walls designed for rappelling, the training campus creates a training ground for simulating real-life emergency scenarios.

CAPSTC consisted of seven different projects to be designed, built and integrated together in a short timeframe:

  • 23-acres of extensive site work, converting a former bomb testing area
  • Building almost two miles of a force main system to get sewage tied into a water treatment facility, which included boring through wetlands
  • A 43,366-sf education and training building designed with flexibility to meet the needs of multiple stakeholders
  • A new 7,000-sf, five-story drill tower structure
  • A 3,500-sf class-A burn building
  • An on-site pump house and sustainable water system to recycle water used after fire training
  • 4.2 acres of 7-in concrete paving for an Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC), which was fast-track delivered to be completed in October before winter conditions set in

The completed joint-training campus now serves Aurora’s police, public works and fire departments to be more effective as a team when responding to emergency scenes, such as the 2012 Aurora theater shootings. Beyond the expected complexities of this project, the design-build team faced extraordinary measures, such as removing bombs from the site, experiencing a main access site closure due to an over-booked air show and keeping all personnel safe when a tornado touched down.

City of Aurora



Aurora, CO

53,866 sf

ENR Mountain States, Best Project Awards, Government / Public Building Project of the Year

ABC Rocky Mountain Chapter, Excellence in Construction, Institutional, $10 to $25M - 1st Place

ABC National, Excellence in Construction, Institutional, $10 to $25M - Pyramid Award

USGBC LEED Silver Certified

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