Design unveiled for Canada’s largest police training campus

Stantec has unveiled the design for the Alberta Public Safety and Law Enforcement Training Centre (APSLETC) in Fort Macleod, Alberta, which will be the first training centre of its kind in Canada.

The APSLETC integrates building and landscape design into a cohesive campus that meets the training needs of law enforcement agencies across North America. The design provides classrooms and indoor simulations, along with combat and advanced driving skills training facilities.

“Designing a law enforcement training centre of this calibre was both challenging and exciting,” says Enzo Vicenzino, Senior Principal at Stantec and Designer of Record for the APSLETC. “We not only met the requirements and budget set out by Alberta Infrastructure, but through the creative use of design and materials we were able to provide many value-added features that will truly make this a world-class facility.”

A design-build proposal for the APSLETC from Bird Design-Build Construction Inc. (Bird) and Stantec Architecture Ltd. was selected by Alberta Infrastructure and the province’s Solicitor General in July 2012.

The APSLETC will cover more than a half section of land (approximately 340 acres). It will be comprised of a residence building, simulation labs, classrooms, a mock courtroom, mock processing unit, indoor and outdoor shooting ranges (25 and 50 metre indoor and 300 metre outdoor), an indoor urban streetscape, an urban village and rural farm scenarios, high- and low-speed test pads and a forest scenario.

“We are pleased to be selected as the design-build contractor and look forward to working with Stantec to successfully deliver this interesting project,” says Ian Reid, Calgary District Manager with Bird. “This project builds on our strong experience in the construction of law enforcement facilities throughout the country and our project delivery successes with Alberta Infrastructure. We are currently finalizing the last details with the province and expect to start construction later this summer with completion scheduled for the fall of 2014.”

To design the wide range of necessary components for the APSLETC, Stantec drew on the expertise of an integrated design team comprised of the Architecture, Interior Design, Buildings Engineering (Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, AV/IT, Security and Sustainability), Civil Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Transportation, Environmental Services practice areas.