Beachwood Public Safety Center, Fire Station 2
The new Beachwood Public Safety Center combines the 4-bay Fire Station 2 with a 911 Dispatch Center, Police Office, EOC/Training Room, and Firefighter Training Facility. The 25,600 SF facility is organized around a 2-story Lobby that identifies the entrance from the main road and provides direct, secure access to the multiple user spaces. The Lobby includes a 9/11 Steel Memorial that serves as a reminder of the heroism and sacrifice of our nation’s first responders.
The residential and operational spaces are located on the first floor along a central corridor that provides a safe and direct response path. Hot Zone Design principals are applied in the fire station bays and decontamination spaces, and a single bay door at the side of the station is designated as the vehicle return and decontamination entrance. A 2-story exercise room provides space for a wide variety of cardio and strength training exercises. Practical training facilities are located at the rear of the building and include a 4-story training tower with exterior balconies, an open interior stairwell, and adjacent roof levels to create a variety of training scenarios. The 911 Dispatch Center and Police office are co-located, and the multi-purpose EOC/Training Room serves as the City’s Emergency Operations Center during crisis situations or as a large training room for the City agencies.
In response to the physical and mental stress related to fire and rescue services, the Beachwood Public Safety Center incorporates Immersive Design strategies to improve the emotional health and well-being of our first responders. Station 2 uses interior and exterior glazing to bring natural light into the building, and the use of earth tone colors and natural materials such as wood and stone provide a connection to the natural environment.