Montgomery County, MD


Completed 2016


13-building campus ($70 Million)

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Public Safety Training Academy

LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects was retained by Baker and Associates as the lead designer/executive architect for the new Public Safety Training Academy in Montgomery County, Maryland. This $70M project provides the primary training facility for the Departments of Police and Fire & Rescue in a 13 building complex. The PSTA campus  includes a new 115,000 s.f. Academic Building with 18 classrooms, ALS Lab/Classroom, a large multi-purpose lunch room, driver training simulation labs, a leadership command center, a video development suite, a gymnasium, a physical training/weight room, a defensive tactics training room, staff and student locker rooms, and an indoor firing range.

The PSTA campus also includes a Canine Training Building, a Training Fire Station, High Bay Interior Fire Training Building, two Fire Training “Burn” Buildings, Special Operations – Urban Search and Rescue Training, a police response training Cityscape, a driver training track, a Driver Training Classroom Building and driver training skills pad and skid pan.

The facility is targeting LEED Silver. Sustainable design strategies include: Brownfield Redevelopment, Recycled Content Materials, Vegetative and Low SRI Roofs, Regional Materials, Water Efficient Landscaping, Low VOC Interior Finishes, Rapidly Renewable Materials


  • Silver Winner / Firehouse Station Design Awards 2018


“Each person we dealt with was professional and a pleasure to work with throughout the entire process. Their expertise and knowledge regarding our needs in terms of public safety requirements was impressive. “

Captain Nancy C. Demme, Director Montgomery County Department of Police - Training and Education Division

"It was a total pleasure to work with their team. We had great communications between us; their interpersonal skills I believe was one of their strongest assets. They listened to what we had to say. As a result we were able to count on them to present the best design for our previous fire station and the new Public Safety Training Academy project. Their hard work and dedication to the customer has made this come from paper to shovel."

Assistant Chief R. Michael Clemens, Training Director Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service-Training Section


PSTA Groundbreaking Ceremony

11 February 2015

Members of LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects attended the groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 for the new Public Safety Training Academy at the Montgomery County Multi Agency Service Park…

Montgomery County Public Safety Training Academy

25 July 2015

Construction is progressing on the Public Safety Training Academy in Montgomery County, Maryland. For additional images visit us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/LeMay-Erickson-Willcox-Architects/214644698628030    

State of the Art Training Facility Opens in Montgomery County

1 November 2016

On Friday, October 28, 2016 County officials celebrated the grand opening of the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Academy. The last project in Ike Leggett's Smart Growth initiative, the facility will…

Montgomery County Public Safety Training Academy

31 December 2018

Montgomery County's Public Safety Training Academy in Gaithersburg provides increased instructional capacity and training environments for firefighters and police. In 2016, Montgomery County, MD, opened the new Montgomery County Public…