Denver, CO Architects

Cherry Hills Village/South Metro Fire Rescue - Joint Public Safety Facility

  • Cherry Hills Village, CO

The previous police facility was lacking adequate office, interview space, and storage and processing areas. The old South Metro Fire Rescue Authority station was approximately 3,800 sq. ft., while current design standards and facility program needs required a range of 2 ½ to 3 times the size of the old facility to provide adequate service.

The new Joint Public Safety Facility Center located on a City-owned site has been master-planned to include a future Administration Building, Town Plaza, Public Greenspace, Parking and a Public Park with a network of trails. Farmers Markets, film gatherings and musical events will take place in these public spaces.

The new 20,000 sq. ft. facility includes: apparatus bays, support areas, kitchen, dining and sleeping quarters for the Fire Department, offices, meeting rooms, locker rooms, interview rooms, evidence storage, processing, booking and holding, and storage for the Police Department. A workout area is shared by the two departments. The large Training Room will is used by the public as a Community space and includes public restrooms, a kitchenette and miscellaneous storage space.

Providing for community growth, staff increases and increases in space requirements for the municipal offices, police department, South Metro Fire Department and public works were the priority objectives of the new Cherry Hills Village Center.

An architectural needs assessment and operational program was completed as part of this initial design phase. The program identified a projected need of 40,000 GSF (including a 12,000 GSF fire station for SMFR).

Analysis and evaluation of the site (topography and landscape) the Cherry Hills program and City Council identified a “Village – like” organization to promote a modest and traditional image.