james mcgrane

public safety complex


This project is a new single story public safety complex having a Sheriff’s Department, an east mountain emergency operations center and fully manned Fire Department. The building is located in Tijeras, NM and has a helicopter pad, emergency staging area accommodations, support facilities and state of the art communications.

design scope

The design requirements for Mechanical, Electrial, Plumbing, and Security were explicitly needed to perform a high standard for durability, sustainability and reliability so as to continuously serve the needs of the public servants who work here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.

sq ft

sheriff officers

Fire personnel

Apparatus Bays



All of the door and window assemblies were required to be bullet resistant.


sherrif's hvac

The HVAC system for the Sheriff’s Department consisted of DX cooling/Gas heating package rooftop units, having constant airflow, ductwork and ceiling diffusers.



Building security met all of the current standard for public safety as well as incorporated an infrastructure for future interior/exterior cameras, audio alarms and a card reader proxy/access door lock system.


Natural lighting

For effective natural lighting solutions, low-E, tinted glazing, and roof dormers with solar tube lighting were used.


fire department hvac

The HVAC system for the Fire Department consisted of a Variable Refrigerant Heat Recovery system (Daiken). This system provided individual heating and cooling control for each space. The systems are capable of introducing outside air ventilation to spaces being served and shall meet all ventilation requirements of ASHRAE 62.1, “Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality”. The Bay Area HVAC system consisted of Gas Radiant Heating units suspended from ceiling, but was not required as it was exhausted using roof mounted exhaust fans.

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