Training Center Overview
Texas Game Wardens are widely recognized as the best-trained corps of conservation officers in the country.
The many demands of modern conservation law enforcement training had outgrown the small Austin facility. It had been hemmed in on all sides by neighborhood development and there had been discussion since the early 1990s about the need to move the Academy to a location that would better serve its needs.
A New Home
In 2005, the Police Activities League approached TPWD about donating more than 200 acres of the ranch it owned in Hamilton County as the next home of the Texas Game Warden Training Center. The development of the modern training center has been and continues to be a multi-year, multi-million dollar project. Private donations and corporate sponsorships have been a critical factor in realizing the vision of a world-class facility.
The Texas Game Warden Training Center required road construction, water and electric improvements and expansion, upgrades to existing facilities, security fencing, walkways, site signage and other infrastructure enhancements.
Building estimates are based on unit costs established by the R.S. Means Facility Construction Costs Data 2006 Edition applied to square footages determined by TPWD staff, working in conjunction with Law Enforcement Division representatives.
All buildings have been designed according to the state energy code, which adopted the 2009 IECC (International Energy Conservation Code).
Future Operating Costs
One goal of the current capital campaign is to create an endowment fund sufficient to satisfy operating costs over and above those presently incurred by the Austin training facility. TPWD Law Enforcement and Infrastructure Divisions anticipate that operating costs for the new Texas Game Warden Training Center will be reflective of the energy efficiencies designed into the entire complex.