The Administration Building will serve as the hub of the new Texas Game Warden Training Center. It features a high-ceiling stone lobby area, office space, conference rooms, TCLEOSE records storage area, and other essentials for the administration of a modern training facility.
The classrooms in this facility will be used for cadet training and in-service classes for licensed Texas Game Wardens. State-of-the-art presentation technologies will be included in the lecture hall, which will seat up to 100 people. Library and computer lab areas will provide space for continuing education materials, in-service publications, cadet training, and on-line testing.
This facility will feature the Fire Arms Training Simulator that provides critical training for decision-making skills via instructor-controlled video scenarios that incorporate the use of communications, suspect restraint and control techniques, baton, chemical spray and firearms.
The building will also house the main armory for the TPWD Law Enforcement Division, with all weapons issued and disposed of through this facility. Ammunition will be stored in a secure room separated from the weapons.
Dark storage will be available for the wide variety of wildlife mounts used for cadet training, continuing education of Texas Game Wardens and public outreach.
The existing dining hall will require extensive interior and exterior refurbishing. When completed, the hall will accommodate 120 cadets, staff and visitors of the Texas Game Warden Training Center.
Physical conditioning is an essential component of cadet training. The gymnasium will house fitness and weight training equipment, a dedicated area for defensive tactics skills training, and recreation areas for team development. This facility will also include showers and locker rooms for men and women.
This facility will support the ongoing maintenance of the entire Game Warden Training Center, including its buildings, facilities, infrastructure and equipment. The building will consist of a repair and fabrication shop for general maintenance needs, as well as auto and marine equipment repair. Vehicle and equipment storage will also be part of this structure.
Two on-site residences will serve the housing needs of staff and their families permanently stationed at the Texas Game Warden Training Center.
The firing range is a fundamental component of any law enforcement training program. The Texas Game Warden Training Center range will include a 25-yard handgun range, 50-yard rifle range and a covered area to shelter shooters and range equipment. This range will meet the standards for law enforcement firearms certification.
The entrance gate to the Texas Game Warden Training Center provides security for the center grounds. The structure is constructed of iron and stone and includes landscaping, lighting and an automatic gate with phone system interlink. Designed in the old Texas fort style, it is stylistically consistent with the other buildings in the complex.
Game Wardens routinely patrol Texas lakes and rivers, commercial ports and the entire Texas coast. This world-class facility will house a 25-meter pool and the necessary equipment for the rigorous swimming, aquatic survival and water-rescue training required of cadets and licensed game wardens.
APPROXIMATE SQUARE FOOTAGE: 5,900-6,100
The existing kitchen will require considerable remodeling to provide the best possible meal service for the Texas Game Warden Training Center cadets and to comply with state health standards. The kitchen will be upgraded with modern, energy-efficient commercial appliances.
APPROXIMATE SQUARE FOOTAGE: 2,100
An existing building adjacent to the kitchen facility will be renovated as a multi-use facility. A portion of the building will be dedicated to an on-site infirmary, providing the necessary space and equipment to respond to the minor medical needs of the cadets and staff. The rest of the building will house a recreation room and laundry facility to address daily living requirements.
APPROXIMATE SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1,600
Existing cadet quarters will be upgraded to meet the needs of trainees who will live at the Game Warden Training Center for a six-month period. The present bunkhouse design will be altered to provide dormitory-type lodging for cadets.
APPROXIMATE SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1,100 EACH
The current guest facility will be modified to house TPWD and guest instructors. Space is required for a minimum of ten instructors. Two rooms will be modified for double occupancy, and the remaining rooms will remain single occupancy. A common area will also be provided.
APPROXIMATE SQUARE FOOTAGE: 2,400
Physical conditioning is an essential component of the Texas Game Warden Training Center. The jogging track will be a standard 1/4-mile, multi-lane track. The obstacle course is designed to develop the leadership and technical skills needed by personnel to perform tasks in a realistic outdoor environment. It provides intensive physical training and builds teamwork.
APPROXIMATE ACREAGE: 5-6
This 2.5-acre facility will include a driving course and paved surface for driving skills training required for all licensed Texas Game Wardens.
APPROXIMATE ACREAGE: 2.5
The Texas Game Warden Training Center helipad will provide a necessary, safe touch-down and take-off site for life flight helicopters responding to emergency situations. The helipad will include a protection zone for approach and departure, surface markings for identification, and the required lights for nighttime use. The helipad will be constructed according to industry standards.
APPROXIMATE SQUARE FOOTAGE: 8,000-9,000