In 2018, Fisher Arnold assisted the Town of Atoka, Tennessee in securing a FEMA grant for a dual use community safe room/police station. The town incorporated the $5.46m project into the development of their five-acre site to include a new Town Hall and fire station. When complete the complex comprised three buildings with a total of over 18,000 SF.
The administrative office building on site contains the town’s administrative offices, customer service counters for utility users, a conference room, and offices for building officials. The police station/safe room portion of the complex comprises 9,000 SF designed to FEMA safe room standards for protection from tornadoes up to F5 intensity. It houses a public lobby, council meeting room and service kitchen. The lobby space connects to the 1,800 SF council chamber in the safe room. The police station includes a training room, offices, evidence room, arms room, locker and squad rooms, and administrative spaces. An adjacent two-car garage provides a sally-port for a two-cell holding area.
The 6,000 SF fire station has a three-bay apparatus room, chief’s office, watch desk, dayroom, kitchen, and sleeping quarters for eight crew members. The station also supports an EMS crew with dedicated spaces for medical equipment and supplies. The entire complex is served by diesel-powered standby generators.