Public Safety Facility & Fire Station No. 3
- City of Edwardsville, Illinois
- Public Safety: $12,000,000 | Fire Station No. 3: $2,800,000
Aging infrastructure and community growth fueled the need for new emergency response facilities in the City of Edwardsville. The former city hall housed the police and fire departments. The facility is located near the new growth; however, the fire department faced increased response times across town. Issues the police department experienced included a parking lot not large enough for patrol and visitor vehicles, lack of holding areas, and hallways and a sallyport that were not handicapped accessible. Further, the 50-year-old building was out-of-date, both from an infrastructure and technological standpoint.
Officials determined that a fire substation on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a joint fire and police station just south of downtown Edwardsville would accommodate the needs of the community. Oates Associates provided civil engineering and surveying services for both facilities.
The joint fire and police station, known as the Public Safety Facility, is a 51,000 square foot facility that includes evidence storage, equipment storage bays, a training center, living quarters, booking and holding areas, detention cells, and offices. The fire substation, known as Fire Station No. 3, serves the 13,000 students and employees on the SIU Edwardsville campus and surrounding area. Features include equipment storage bays, a training room, living quarters, offices and parking.