Client City of Woodbury

HERO Center Serves as Realistic Public Safety Training Center

Cottage Grove, Minnesota

The Health and Emergency Response Occupations (HERO) Center's mission is to be a multi-use public safety training center where project partners, members and customers share resources for pre-employment, continuing education and in-service training for law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical service providers and students.

The HERO Center’s design is comprised of five "training pod environments." The heart of the project is to provide reality-based training scenarios, technologically advanced and immersion-based training, access to consistent and meaningful firearms proficiency training facilities and an emphasis on the coordination between theoretical and field training.

The facility includes two 50-student classrooms; one 100-student classroom; two small breakout rooms; scenario training spaces; indoor vehicle training spaces; multi-type/multi-degree firing ranges featuring four-lane/50-yard fixed position and 12 lane/50 yard tactical; ballistically safe, acoustically buffered stationary/moving man targets; tactical defense training room; locker rooms; and ammo support spaces.

At a glance

46,490 SF


Joint-use Facility with Classroom, Office and Training Spaces


Interior Design
Structural, Mechanical, Civil and Electrical Engineering