A new Sarasota County fire station has been built to withstand hurricane winds, reports BusinessObserverFL.com.
The fire station is about 12,500 square feet. The fire station has 14 bunk rooms, a kitchen and dining area, offices, an exercise room, a day room with chairs and a TV, a gear locker room and four garage bays.
There special operations building behind the main station has five bays for storing vehicles and equipment trailers. It also has workspace for servicing and maintaining equipment.
The fire station and special operations were built to withstand Category 4 hurricane winds. The fire station also has many sustainable features. Energy efficient features include LED light fixtures, occupancy sensors, advanced energy metering, low-flow plumbing fixtures, rooftop solar heating and more.
One challenge during construction was ensuring the existing temporary fire station on site was able to stay in service amid the construction.