A Company Standard

Putting More Safety in Public Safety Buildings

In 2017, CORE developed a program focused on improving the physical and mental health of first responders. With intentional design and construction best practices, our goal is to help mitigate public safety occupational hazards and health risks.

This important initiative, called Clean Public Safety Building (CleanPSB), is now a company standard nationwide.

Bay with red firetruck inside


Public Safety Builder in the U.S. by BD+C


Fire Station Builds and Renovations Completed


Police and Corrections Projects Completed


in Public Safety Projects Completed

Firefighters and police officers are exposed to terrible, harmful things on the job, and they also have to deal with the mental side. These are 24-hour critical responder facilities, with people living there, on and off.

We build more of these more than anyone else. It means nothing if we aren't continuously improving and designing ways promote health and mental wellness for those who serve our communities.
Nichole Kotsur
National Vice President, CORE AZ
For Fire Districts budget is key, and CORE understands that. They worked hand in hand with the architect to ensure that the project’s budget was spent wisely, while still providing the highest quality possible.

They ended up giving us money back on both projects, including all the contingency funds for our administration building. Their entire team was great to work with, and I highly recommend them.
Drexel Fire District
Safe Facilities
Fire fighter jackets are hung safely on racks in a separate room.

Building to Promote Health and Wellness

As an industry leading construction builder, it is our duty to inform our clients of all relevant information — not just dealing with cost and quality, but for health and safety factors as well. We are responsible for constructing highly functional and efficient, but also safe, facilities and environments for our community first responders.


CleanPSB Coalition

A coalition of industry experts, design professionals, and public safety officials meet quarterly to collaborate on new discoveries and best practices. Topics include the prevention of cancer, occupational illness, and exposure to harmful contaminants related to the design and construction of public safety facilities.

Hearing firsthand from the experts, including fire and police chiefs, allows us to understand exactly what our first responders encounter on the job, and what they need in their home-base facilities.
View from behind the A-V control panel at a CleanPSB cohort meeting, with several people looking at a large screen on the wall..
Two men and two women sitting at a small meeting space in a wide office hall, discussing and pointing toward a pamphlet on the table.

Knowledge Sharing

In-house Training Program

The firsthand information from the coalition meetings is critical to creating a continuously evolving training program. CORE project team members are required to attend annual in-house training certification classes that focus on occupational illness prevention, understanding the harmful effects of contaminants, identifying industry hazards, and current best practices in design and construction.

Implementing a standard

Best Practices Checklist

A comprehensive best practices checklist is available on every public safety project jobsite to ensure all health and safety protections are put in place.

To see more about our safety standards, explore CORE’s practices for Operational Excellence.
Three workers on a job site looking at a checklist on a tablet.

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