Current Condition of The Facility
passerby’s perspective, the current Public Safety Building has a nice
appearance and seems to have aged well since it’s original construction
in 1966 and the additions in 1984. However, a closer examination
of the building would show that the addition in 1984 merely provided a
cosmetic fašade around an old, antiquated facility behind the scene
providing a “plastic fruit” appearance.
Upon entering the building one can immediately see that the current
layout provides many potential hazards to the staff, and visitors,
varying from life safety to daily operations and emergency
operations. Circulating through the building it
becomes very apparent that the building’s organization and space layout
has not really changed for over 40-years from a time when the
requirements and needs of a by-gone era vary so greatly from the
current issues of that modern police and fire departments face daily.
Various State Health Department violations have caused the Norfolk
Police Department to terminate the use of a cell, and continue to spend
operation costs to maintain the remaining cells to the state
minimum. The Bunk rooms for the full time Fire Department members
contained within the station do not conform to the State Building code
minimum requirements for an occupiable space, nor provide the mandatory
egress window required for a residence type occupancy. The bunk
room trailer that is located on site provides sleeping arrangements for
on staff personal, however creates an unsafe conditions for emergency
response in inclement weather.
Dispatch operates on aging,
failing equipment without back-up equipment for support and without the
proper wall ratings for fire and ballistic requirements. Multiple
room uses within the current complex have been adapted to accommodate
current operational needs, but in doing so, their new multi-functional
uses cause unsafe and unsanitary conditions.
original masonry load bearing walls were constructed without
reinforcement or a cavity for insulation. There are wall cracks
throughout the building. The existing structural system has no
provisions for seismic activities, which is required in a public safety
facility, nor could be added due to the nature of the existing
and electrical systems are original and require upgrades to meet
current code requirements. The existing generator does not serve
the entire facility when power is lost. The building’s
infrastructure is not designed to handle current and future technology
needs. The apparatus garage does not hold all of the fire and
emergency vehicles and what can fit into the space leaves no room to
The building has
exceeded its normal life expectancy and needs to be replaced.
Constructing additions and performing renovations is not a viable or
cost effective option due to the condition of the facility, site
constraints, and structural implications.
Proposed New Facility
Size: 29,000 Square Feet
Cost: $9.9 Million
proposed new public safety facility for the Town of Norfolk is a 2
story, pitched roof building that would house the Town’s Police and
Fire Department’s operation. The fire station would have a 5 bay space
for apparatus, equipment and storage, administrative offices on the
first level and bunk, living quarters on the second level.
The police station would have a secured sallyport and prisoner
processing with code compliant detention facility. The station would be
designed with a central dispatch center shared by both departments.
Police administration and detective suite would be located on the
second level with the police operational and daily support spaces
located on the first level. There would be a wellness room that would
be shared by both departments and a training room that would also serve
both departments and the general public near the main entrance. This
space will also convert to the Emergency Operations Center when needed.
The floor plans are designed with efficiency in mind to serve the
current and future needs of both departments, while incorporating
opportunities for future growth.
The exterior of the building would be traditionally styled to be in
keeping with the context of the historic New England style that is
apparent upon entering the town of Norfolk and use traditional brick
and cementitious clapboard siding for exterior materials with an
asphalt shingled roof. The site will be improved to include more public
and staff parking.
One Liberty Lane
Town Hall, 2nd Floor, Rm 205
(Board of Selectmen Suite)
Norfolk, MA 02056
Phone: (508) 528-1408
Board of Selectmen
Kaestle Boos Associates, Inc.
AIA, LEED AP
ASLA, LEED AP
Owner's Project Manager
PMA Construction Services
Asst. Project Manager