Public Safety, Security & Environmental Health Institute

Kent State University

Hasenstab Architects provided programming, planning and conceptual design for a proposed multi-phased development at Kent State University’s Trumbull Campus. Sited on a parcel of land contiguous to the existing campus, the Public Safety , Security & Environmental Health Institute includes classroom space, offices, and training facilities for the students, safety forces, emergency first-responders, and public health and safety agencies.

These facilities will serve the dual purpose of supporting the public safety curriculum of Kent State’s Trumbull Campus, as well as providing simulation facilities for public safety professionals from the local area and beyond to train in realistic simulations for emergency situations. In actual emergencies, the facility will be outfitted to allow local agencies to gather in a central location and effectively manage these situations.

The initial phase of this project is anticipated to include classrooms, labs, an auditorium and a large lobby space acting as a “hub” for future additions. An emergency operations center and 911 training space are also included, as well as a burn building, simulated streets for vehicle training, and a water detention area which will double as an emergency training area.

The second phase will add an exercise facility, covered outdoor firing range and offices for support.  Future phases will include Trumbull County Public Safety and Health offices, a shoot house and more extensive on-site emergency training simulations.

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