POLICE/ FIRE/ ADMINISTRATION
DSA has extensive experience in the design of civic structures, both new and alterations. Our design team has completed work on 75 municipal/civic projects including the design of over 20 Police and Fire Stations. We understand that these projects are the communities’ projects. The public, along with the occupants of the building, will be the ones to occupy and use the facilities, once the work is completed. Our intent with every civic project is to help develop the public's and occupant's ideas, desires, and goals into reality. We truly believe for a civic project to be successful, the occupants must be an integral part of the design team.
We understand the importance of completing a feasibility study in the design process. This ensures that the goals of the project are defined early in the process and allows for the development of a project budget. This allows all parties, being a city or village council, township trustees, or a steering committee, are on the same page from the start.
If public support is required for the project, DSA has extensive experience in creating marketing materials to raise awareness for the project.
Through DSA’s design process, the relationship between public and private areas which occurs in civic buildings, are thoroughly developed to ensure proper safety of the occupants and that functionality of the building is achieved.
Through our experience, we have developed several unique solutions to allow existing buildings to remain operational during alterations. This is especially vital in police and fire safety projects, to ensure public safety is uninterrupted.
Each civic project is unique and it is vital to work directly with the client to determine the best use of each space while maintaining a budget and aesthetically conveying a sense of civic pride. For instance, public areas such as a lobby or administration office may require a more inviting atmosphere, where a holding cell or apparatus bays will require a commercial feel with necessary controls. The function of these spaces and the flow from one to another must be designed in unison. Through our experience, DSA understands that when designing a civic facility, the client and end user’s needs and goals are of the utmost importance.
Following the development of a Needs Assessment, DSA was selected through a Request for Qualifications process by Brimfield Township as the most qualified Architectural Firm for the renovation and addition of their Police Station. This project consisted of doubling the size of the existing facility and construction was completed in 2013. DSA was fully involved in guiding the Township throughout the entire design and construction process and, through the design of a phasing plan, was able to keep the department operational during the entirety of construction.
PORTAGE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
David Sommers and Associates has completed over 55 projects for the Portage County Commissioners since 1983. This renovation project was phased to allow the continuous operation of all functions of the building throughout the construction process.
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