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:
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
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