Combined Public Safety Facility
New Bedford, Massachusetts
23,000 sq ft
This new facility will be the first new police and fire station for the city in over 80 years. Our initial task was to study five different sites within the city limits to determine best fit, fastest response time, and most beneficial redevelopment possibilities. With this facility, the mayor is focusing on using design as an urban improvement project. One goal is to ensure this new structure provides the neighborhood with a strong civic presence, eyes on the street, and efficient fire fighter response times to each incident.
The new building includes a main public entrance with a police station on one side and a fire station on the other. Within this public area is a community meeting room / training room. The police station houses offices, an evidence area, break room and other essentials of any public safety facility. Four drive through apparatus bays are the anchor for the fire station, with one bay dedicated to EMS vehicles. The upper level houses fire fighter living quarters including offices, a kitchen, day room, sleeping areas, and a fitness center for all occupants. In total, this building will become a new beacon for the City of New Bedford and breathe new life into areas ripe for improvement.