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A New Public Safety Complex for Artesia

Date: 2011-02-08
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The City of Artesia, New Mexico will soon open an $18.6 million Public Safety Complex.  Located in the 3300 block of west Main Street (U.S. Hwy 82) in Artesia, the facility will provide 73,500 square feet of space in two stories, bringing together the Municipal Court, police station, main fire station, Eddy County Sheriff annex, NM Corrections Department Probation and Parole, and the New Mexico State Police field office.  It’s believed to be the only building of its kind in all of the southwestern United States.

A dedication ceremony is planned for May 5, 2011 as part of Law Enforcement month.  An open house is planned for May 7, 2011.

Artesia Police Department

Located in the north end of the east wing are the sally port, forensic lab, vehicle search, holding cells, and evidence rooms.  

On the ground level of the west wing are the offices for the police patrol and animal control, the armory, debriefing room, and supply issue.  Second story facilities include offices for detectives, staff and interview rooms.

 

Artesia Fire Department

The main fire station occupies the west wing of the building.  Four apparatus bays attach directly to the ground-level firehouse, with provision for more bays as needed.  The firehouse has 10 sleeping rooms for firefighters, and the kitchen, dining room, day room and laundry. This level also provides gear rooms with wash-down capacity, segregated drainage for hazardous waste, scuba gear charge and storage, maintenance room, a 24-hour watch station and public lobby.

The fire and police administrative offices are located on the second level of the west wing, sharing a number of common areas such as the break room, and debriefing rooms, balcony, conference rooms and public waiting areas.

 

Artesia Municipal Court

The Manual H Madrid Municipal Court Complex located in the east wing will provide a courtroom, with provision for adding another as needed.  Other spaces include the judge's chambers and support staff, offices for the prosecutor, waiting areas for the public, police, legal counsel, work and conference areas, and records storage.

 

Eddy County Sheriff and New Mexico State Police

The Eddy County Sheriff's department and NM State Police will have offices for investigators, parole, narcotics officers, and administrators, and interview rooms housed on the second floor of the east wing.

NM Corrections Dept. Probation and Parole will also have a presence in Artesia in this facility.

  

Shared Facilities

Shared facilities include a fitness gym, showers and locker rooms, two training rooms - one for computers and one for physical training, and a large employee lobby/break room.  

 

Building Features

Unique design materials are featured, including native New Mexico travertine stone on the exterior combined with stucco, and expanses of glass curtain wall for natural day lighting.  A curved roof with laminated interior wood beams spans the courtroom, and another curved roof structure is used over the apparatus bays.  Clerestory windows flood the courtroom and apparatus bays with natural light.  Pedestrian walkways, both exterior open-air and interior, link the two main wings.

Separating the two wings is an outdoor central courtyard with native landscaping and natural stone bench seating.

 

- PPT/9-1-1magazine.com (via Artesia PD, 2/1/11)

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