Location:Clyde, NC
Owner:Haywood Community College
Architect:Padgett & Freeman Architects, PA
Contract Amount:$4.7 Million
Completion Date:June 2017

The facility is a highly specialized new building that allows HCC to safely and effectively train all of Haywood County’s firefighters, rescue workers, law enforcement, SWAT teams, EMTs and prison guard personnel. It hosts the required certification and training courses with sets and props for acting out simulated scenarios. Included is an extrication pad to practice removing victims from vehicles on a slope. Of the two buildings, one is a 12,500 SF building with 4 classrooms, offices, a conference room, a breakroom, restrooms with shower facilities, storage rooms and 2 apparatus bays for fire and ambulance vehicles. It has 4 fully operational and certified nursing stations complete with medical gas, vacuum lines and a complete nurses sink. The other building is a multi-story, 5,700 SF, CMU block structure built to withstand gas-fueled pyrotechnics, smoke machines and a regular dousing with water and fire retardants. The highly secured burn building/training tower’s height simulates the tallest building in the County. In addition, the facility features flat and sloped roofs; and 2 situation rooms where instructors can move walls to change the floor plan. The 3 live burn rooms also feature burn props to simulate fires in an attic, kitchen and bedroom. Other features consist of a simulated jail cell, forcible entry door and bail out windows. There is a 4-story stair tower for repelling scenarios, a sprinkler lab, a storage basement, an open elevator shaft for simulating confined space operations, a drafting pit to test fire truck pumps and train on pump operation and drafting. Scope of work also includes standing seam metal roof, reinforced block masonry, slab on grade foundation, 3.5 acres of land disturbance including 28,000 CY of soil excavations and 80,000 SF of concrete paving, sitework, grading, parking, drive access, and fencing.

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