Fire Station No. 7 held a grand opening, reports Roanoke News.
The new fire station spans about 16,000 square feet, about four times as much space as the prior station, and will house 24 staffers. The fire station is better designed to meet modern needs — including housing both male and female firefighters.
The fire department worked to preserve the history of the prior fire station. The new design mirrors the architectural features of the 1922 fire station. An entryway is lined with original brick complete with stone markers denoting the years of major changes to the station. The Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation, which designed a historical placard that will be hung outside the station later this year.
The new fire station is set to come in just under budget at $7 million. The construction took about 13 months.