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Sheriff’s office rebuilds for flood control

Photo: Jeffrey Jacobs Photography
Photo: Jeffrey Jacobs Photography

The building program for Shelby County Sheriff’s Office in Memphis, Tenn., consisted of a range operations building and firing range to replace an existing range operations building that was inundated by flood waters in 2011.

The goal of the project was to design a functional building that met the owner’s needs and the site challenges in the owner’s budget. Metal roof and wall panels allowed Clark/Dixon Architects to design a modern building that required minimal maintenance. Metal roof and wall panels were specified for their long service life, cost and modern, sleek appearance. Additionally, the metal panels contributed to sustainability goals for the project.

Most of the building site is located within the Wolf River floodplain. One challenge of the building program was to design an elevated structure that would be above the 100-year floodplain and accessible as a law enforcement command center during emergencies. The approach to the building is by way of an elevated drive designed to allow access to the structure, including during substantial flooding. The building is partially seated on an elevated earthen structure and partially stilted. This allows for storage of grounds maintenance and other equipment under the protection of the structure.

At the roof, Steel and Roof Structures Corp. installed Morin Corp.’s standing seam roof system. For soffits, it installed BENCHMARK by Kingspan Insulated Panels Inc.’s Designwall 1000 insulated metal panels (IMPs). Two panels were used for walls: Designwall 1000 IMPs and Designwall R Series IMPs.

The building design includes a main structure that serves as the operations center, classroom facility and weapons armory for the sheriff’s office and FBI. The building program also included a 35-point weapons firing range to supplement an existing 50-point firing range. The facility is used for training by law enforcement agencies throughout the Mid-South region.