Perlman Architects of Arizona built this 16,248-square-foot, two-story station for Sun City (AZ) Fire and Medical Department.
In the construction of the two Fort Worth Fire Stations described in this article, the architects, Wyatt C. Hedrick, Inc., have not strictly adhered to any set school, but rather have chosen the best and most suitable part for the purposes intended. The buildings consist of a Fire Department headquarters and a Fire Alarm Signal Station, both located at Texas and Cherry Streets.
Sleep researchers, station architects and designers, alerting and lighting equipment manufacturers, and fire departments are finding ways to mitigate firefighter sleep deprivation issues in their stations.
The question must be asked, “Have today’s standards exceeded fire departments’ financial abilities to meet them?” At one time, the answer to that question was probably no. But today, has the scale tipped the other way?
Hurricane Irene dealt a severe blow to Niagara Engine Company No. 6's 1957-era fire station in Schoharie, New York, on August 28, 2011, flooding the fire facility with eight feet of muddy, debris-laden flood waters.
Building training props into new station designs and station renovation designs just makes sense.
Davis Partnership Architects designed and built Fire Station 12 with an administrative area and separate training facility on a single site for Eagle River (C)) Fire Protection District.
On the station side, which is a far more complex job, having that program document, which is really the road map to completion, is critical. But, while this is important advice, the best piece of advice I received this year was regarding renovating/expanding existing an existing fire station.
The solution was renovation of an existing town building that served the sewer and highway departments and as police storage after the town purchased an adjacent building for the highway department.
Fortunately for the fire district, a couple of grants, funds from the city, and fire department money were put together to renovate the main station, give it a new design, and make it able to withstand a seismic event.