St. Petersburg, FL
Fire stations are very unique building typologies which combine a home and workplace into one building. We worked closely with the fire department to make sure that both functions occurred symbiotically in this LEED Gold, Fire Station #8. Clearstory windows throughout the building provide natural light into the apparatus bay, dayroom, and offices. Seven individual dorm rooms consist of large floor-to-ceiling lockers, lockable under-bed storage, operable windows, and programmable tones for fire and EMS. The firefighters are also provided with a designated training/workout room, individual toilet rooms permitting flexibility in gender usage, gear grid lockers, and lighting programmed and coordinated with radio alarm. The impact rated, glass apparatus bay doors provide light into the space and allow it to be displayed to the community. The final building gives the firemen a very comfortable, maintenance-free environment.
This LEED Gold building was designed and constructed for an 80 year lifespan by using honest materiality. Instead of veneer brick, we used exposed structural brick, and in replacement of laminate millwork, we utilized compressed bamboo that is harder than concrete and rapidly renewable. To further reduce maintenance and unneeded materials, we eliminated acoustical ceiling tile by using an acoustical metal deck, and flooring was eliminated by using polished concrete.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION:
Firehouse Magazine – Silver Satellite Station Design Award
23rd Annual Tampa Bay Area Regional Planning Council– Future of the Regions
2014 AIA Tampa Bay Merit Award for Architecture – Institutional Category