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  Ramsey Fire Station, Page 60Ramsey Fire Station
Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc.
100 North 6th Street, #710C, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Ramsey, Minnesota
Total Square Feet: 10,674
Construction Period: Apr 2000 to May 20011

Construction Team
General Contractor: Ebert Construction, Inc. - 23350 County Road 10, Corcoran/Loretto, MN 55357
Mechanical Contractor: Marine Plumbing & Heating - 8994 East Viking Blvd., Chisago City, MN 55013
Electrical Contractor: Vander Vegt Electric - 2251 Naples Street, Mora, MN 55051
Structural Engineer & Landscape Architect: Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc. - 100 North 6th Street, #710C, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Emanuelson - Podas, Inc. - 4980 Lincoln Drive, Edina, MN 55436
Cost Estimator: Constructive Ideas - 901 Jefferson, #300, St. Paul, MN 55102

With the rapid population growth of this Twin Cities suburb, there was an ever-increasing risk for emergency disaster. The existing fire response facility for the City of Ramsey was inadequate because of the lack of training space capabilities and inadequate space to house the new fire truck recently purchased by the fire squad. To protect new and existing equipment and provide quicker response times, a new fire station was built for the Ramsey community.

The site is located in a predominately residential area with open fields to the west and south of the building, which is zoned for future single family housing. The design challenge was to provide an emergency response service in a quiet, residential neighborhood.

The building expresses its differing functions by varied expressions of scale, detail and composition utilizing the same pallets of materials. The white curved roof over the apparatus bay bears a resemblance to the open rolling landscape by the nearby Mississippi River, located just south of the building.

The design of the administration area took advantage of the open southern exposure to the sun. Office space and conference rooms were arranged around the perimeter of the floor plan to maximize natural light and heat gain during the winter. The open apparatus bay with clerestory windows was painted white to reflect natural light and make the space seem brighter, emphasizing the cleanliness that is associated with a fire station.

The mechanical system consists of geothermal heating and cooling units. The city received a rebate and a reduced per-kilowatt-rate for installing units from the local electric company, Connexus Energy. A vertical loop field located on the site was installed at an average depth of 150 feet in sand, before hitting bedrock. The payback for installing the slightly more expensive geothermal system was in less than a year.

The completed project stands as a tribute to the dedication of the fire station volunteers and the citizens of Ramsey in providing a facility that meets their needs and, at the same time, is environmentally sensitive.

DIV 03: Glazed Brick: Stark Ceramics.
DIV 07: Metal Roofing: Copper Sales; Fascia: Alcan Composite Aluminum Panels; Membrane Roofing: Firestone.
DIV 08: Aluminum Doors, Entrances & Storefronts: United States Aluminum; Interior Glass Wall Partitions: Stylmark Wallmaker; Overhead Doors: Overhead Door Corporation.
DIV 09: Carpet: Mohawk; Resilient Flooring: Armstrong; Base: Johnsonite.

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