Regional Public Safety Training Center (WSCC)
WSCC developed a vision for a multi-dimensional regional training center for public safety programs, including law enforcement and related fields, generating interest throughout central west Michigan. The College identified an available existing 15-year old building on seven acres in FreeSoil, Michigan that could be adapted and reused as an education and training facility to serve both the College and other communities. The modified building includes classrooms, offices, reception area, conference spaces, computer labs, simulation labs, forensics lab, 911 training space, open training area, locker rooms and shower facilities, student commons, indoor firing range, and related spaces within the two-story, 21,000 SF facility.
The development of new student-occupied space on two levels included: architectural upgrades throughout the existing building, fire protection elevator to connect both levels, enhanced HVAC equipment, planning for future new garage area and additional parking. The inclusion of an indoor firing range required a particular design focus on two things: quick evacuation of smoke and acoustic separation to diminish the interruption of normal operations in surrounding spaces. Within the limited floor-to-floor dimension, an innovative HVAC design achieved the required smoke evacuation, and the strategic placement of sound attenuation within the range area reduced sound transfer to achieve normal daily operations without significant distraction.
Photography: Bill Lindhout Photography