Dickinson Public Safety Center
- Dickinson, ND
The driver for the Dickinson Public Safety Center was the City’s need for a combined fire and police facility in a location where access to service areas were optimal for both departments. Conceptually, the Public Safety Center will provide the City of Dickinson with a ‘beacon of safety’ - a building that will be both relevant and efficient and will serve the city far into the future. The building will house the Dickinson Police and Fire Departments, as well as administrative functions and a mission critical 911 emergency communications center.
Design inspiration was derived from both the site and the Native American history in the Dickinson area. The site, adjacent to a stream and wetlands, is reminiscent of a Mandan village ‘On A Slant’, in which the dwellings are on the hillside over a river, guarded by a semi-circular fence for protection. This large, curved wall became the central concept in the building’s design.
The ‘beacons’ representing the police and fire departments are the glass volumes that emerge from the monolithic wall. At night, the apparatus bays and lobby area will emit a glowing light, representing the enduring safety for the people of Dickinson, provided by the departments housed within.
This project was completed in associate with Schutz Foss Architects.