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Forsyth County Public Safety Center

  • Description: Replacement facility for the Sheriff Department's administrative offices and the county emergency operations center is occupying the first two floors. Future expansion is available on 4 upper floors, with several uses being contemplated.<br />

    History: Known for years as the Phillips Building, once used by the former Wachovia Corp. for operations., the six-story structure is on Church Street, directly east of the Winston Tower.

    Type: Government

    Floors: 6

    Construction Start: Fall 2011

    Construction End: Spring 2013

    Architect: CJMW Architecture of Winston-Salem

    General Contractor: New Atlantic Contracting Inc. of Winston-Salem

    Developer: Forsyth County

    More Information:

    This building brings together scattered law enforcement offices and provides space for an emergency operations center. Future expansion of the county jail is also being considered in the event of some future need. The upper floors could be linked to the detention center with a skyway spanning Third Street to the south.

    The building is essentially new on the inside. And because the occupied spaces are for law enforcement, many spaces in the building require more than the average grade of construction material. All the windows were replaced and there is a new roof. New air conditioning and heating systems are more energy-efficient and the building has enough generator capacity to keep running in an emergency. In places where officers would be under potential threat from someone who might come inside the building with a gun, bullet-resistant gypsum wallboard is in place. Interrogation cells will have steel reinforcement in the walls, making escape impossible.

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