Case Study

Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District

Ben D. Bradley Police Station

The Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (CFISD) covers over 185 square miles and enrolls nearly 115,000 students each year, making it the third largest school district in Texas. This above-average size prompted administrators to constitute an independent police department for the district in 2012—a common practice for Texas school districts, with over 175 ISD-owned and -operated police departments throughout the state.

At the inauguration of the force in 2012, the 5,000-square-foot Ben D. Bradley Security Center on Telge Road was designated to house the police department, and plans for necessary expansion to the facility began not long after. When the time for expansion came, CFISD turned to Salas O’Brien for engineering expertise.

Salas O’Brien provided electrical engineering and fire protection services for an addition to the building that brought its total footprint up to 14,500 square feet. This expansion created room for a client processing area, evidence locker, holding area, police dispatch and a K-9 unit.

The Salas O’Brien team designed the smoke purge system for the holding areas, paralleling generator service for building backup, and a two-level network for private and public data management. This infrastructure paved the way for a radical increase in the station’s functionality and ability to serve the surrounding district.

Highlights

Location:
Cypress, Texas

Construction Cost:
$1,844,265

Project Size:
14,500 Square Feet

Discipline:
Electrical Engineering and Fire Protection

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