City of Thornton Fossil Ridge Public Safety Center
Thornton, Colo.
Award of Merit

Owner: City of Thornton
Lead Design Firm: Roth Sheppard Architects
General Contractor: Saunders Construction
Structural Engineer: KL&A Inc.
Civil Engineer: JVA Inc.
MEP Engineer: MKK Consulting Engineers Inc.
Electrical Engineer: BCER Engineering
Landscape Architect: Norris Design

The city of Thornton built a single-story public safety center to house both its fire and police departments, with components tailored to each group’s specific needs. The police station includes a holding area, office space, detective stations, field training and interview rooms. The fire station houses a kitchen, day room, sleeping rooms, showers, tool rooms and a decontamination room with specialty equipment to clean firefighting gear after an emergency response. The departments share a workout area, locker rooms and a community room.

One month into construction, crews unearthed what turned out to be the most complete and preserved torosaurus fossils on record, a discovery that brought with it lots of media attention—and big delays. Although it was an exciting find, the project team had to scramble and refocus its efforts to stay on schedule.

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