The City of Lubbock hired PSC to design a new Texas Department of Public Safety complex to serve as a regional headquarters, serving 71 counties.

The 14.5-acre campus is comprised of three buildings: a two-story administration building and crime lab, a driver’s license facility, and an ancillary building. The administration and crime lab building houses the administration, highway patrol, Texas rangers, criminal investigations, controlled substance registration and other law enforcement support operations in one wing. The other wing contains a state-of-the-art crime lab consisting of evidence receiving and storage and labs for breath and alcohol testing, drug and chemistry, serology, trace, latent prints, firearms – including an indoor test range, vehicle examination bay, and administration and support spaces.

The driver’s license building houses the written and vehicle examination offices for commercial and non-commercial licenses and, outside, features two non-commercial and one commercial lane for administering the driving test. The ancillary building houses bulk secure storage, four automotive repair bays, parts storage, a radio technician office, helicopter hangar and pilot support spaces.

Because this entire complex houses so many crucial services and serves as an Emergency Operations Center, all of the buildings have total power backup served by two generators. PSC designed the generator system to include overvoltage protection, flexible exhaust connection and fuel lines, a critical-rated exhaust silencer, double-wall fuel tanks, and weather- and sound-rated enclosures.