36,200 sq. ft.
Multiple buildings and
props on a 20 acre site
Richard L. Bowen + Associates was selected to design the interior renovation of a 23,000 SF two-story Crile Building. Originally constructed in 1967, the building was expanded in 1983. The former elementary school now boasts college classrooms with state-of-the-art technology, offices, simulation labs and training space. In addition, a firing range was constructed in the west wing of the building, which required a small extension/addition.
Surveys of existing brickwork and non-masonry components were conducted, and care was taken to not detract from the original architecture in the final design.
The existing mechanical systems were upgraded to provide sufficient heating and cooling capacity to meet the new program’s demand. Measures were taken to introduce outside air into the building.
An adjacent soccer field was relocated to elsewhere on the Western Campus to make room for current and future planned site improvements.
New training features include: a 2-story burn building, a propane-fueled burn pad, an above-ground trench training area to practice confined space maneuvers and rescues, a military-style fitness and obstacle course area, and a large fenced and lighted concrete pad to be used for driver training of both police and fire vehicles.