The City of Cedar Falls desired to consolidate police and fire operations into one facility to enhance public safety operations. INVISION was selected to perform a space needs assessment, site analysis of multiple sites, master planning of their public safety departments, and the subsequent renovation and addition.
The design combines all factions of the public safety department into a cohesive facility with a shared public lobby. This facility includes all the typical spaces utilized by law enforcement and fire departments but organized with a strategy to promote efficiency and multipurpose under the umbrella of Public Safety. The design team looked for opportunities to overlap parts of the program that both police and fire could share while maintaining the individual requirements for each operation. Some of these shared spaces include administrative and supervisory offices, conference and training rooms, investigative and interview rooms, records storage, property and evidence storage, physical agility space, and kitchen and living quarters. Visibility to and from staff into most spaces was key to promote connectedness and cohesion to differing functions of now one combined city department.