Buncombe County Public Safety Facility

Woodfin, NC
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Project Description

Buncombe County sought a combination of local familiarity and recognized, national public safety expertise in selecting the design team for their new Public Safety Training Complex near Asheville, NC.  To address both of those needs, the County contracted with a local design firm in conjunction with Stewart-Cooper-Newell Architects.  That decision has subsequently yielded an extremely successful partnership, as the project has remained on-schedule and on-budget.

SCN Architects has worked closely with the County, the host technical college and the other local design firms in all stages of Programming, Site Planning, Design and Construction Administration for the project.  An early hurdle in the project involved moving 500,000 yards of earth, due to the site’s mountainous location.  This allowed for a suitable site on which to build the current phases of the project and created the opportunity to properly grade the site for future additions. All three phases have been completed.

Capabilities & Features

  • 2-story Educational Building
  • 4-story High-Rise Live Fire Training
  • Residential Live Fire Training
  • Driving Track w/ areas for training in urban skills, skidding, low shoulder conditions, railroad crossing, driver competency and hydroplanning
  • Apparatus / Maintenance Building
  • 5-story Training Tower
  • Extrication Pads & Flammable Liquids Pit
  • Wild Lands Fire Training Building
  • Exterior Car and Christmas Tree Props
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Project Description

Buncombe County sought a combination of local familiarity and recognized, national public safety expertise in selecting the design team for their new Public Safety Training Complex near Asheville, NC.  To address both of those needs, the County contracted with a local design firm in conjunction with Stewart-Cooper-Newell Architects.  That decision has subsequently yielded an extremely successful partnership, as the project has remained on-schedule and on-budget.

SCN Architects has worked closely with the County, the host technical college and the other local design firms in all stages of Programming, Site Planning, Design and Construction Administration for the project.  An early hurdle in the project involved moving 500,000 yards of earth, due to the site’s mountainous location.  This allowed for a suitable site on which to build the current phases of the project and created the opportunity to properly grade the site for future additions. All three phases have been completed.

Capabilities & Features

  • 2-story Educational Building
  • 4-story High-Rise Live Fire Training
  • Residential Live Fire Training
  • Driving Track w/ areas for training in urban skills, skidding, low shoulder conditions, railroad crossing, driver competency and hydroplanning
  • Apparatus / Maintenance Building
  • 5-story Training Tower
  • Extrication Pads & Flammable Liquids Pit
  • Wild Lands Fire Training Building
  • Exterior Car and Christmas Tree Props