GWH Construction Management Services Ltd.
419 Laidlaw Boulevard, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3P 0K8
Harold Funk Architect, Inc.
401-55 Donald Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 1L8
Location: Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada
Date Bid: Apr 2008 Construction Period: May 2008 to Apr
Total Square Feet: 14,746 Site: 1.103 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Garage, 8,185; basement, 801; first floor, 5,760;
total, 14,746 square feet.
Building Height: Garage, 20; basement, 10’; first floor, 16’;
Basic Construction Type: Addition/Adaptive Reuse/Renovation.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick. Roof: Membrane. Floors:
Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: Lavergne Draward & Associates Ltd. - 402-135
Portage Avenue East, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0A1
General Contractor: Penn-Co Construction Canada Ltd. - Box 60,
Blumenort, Manitoba, R0A 0C0
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: MCW/AGE Consulting Professional
Engineers - 201-1821 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3H 0G4
The Steinbach Firehall represents a major expansion to an existing
firehall facility in Steinbach, Manitoba. The new building incorporates
a significant portion of the original structure through selective
demolition and adaptive reuse. The blend between the old and new
structures was achieved seamlessly and the result is a simple but
elegant structure that will meet the needs of the community for many
decades to come.
The design was developed in a collaborative process between the design
team led by Harold Funk Architect Inc., and the City of Steinbach’s Fire
Department and City Representatives. The goal was to upgrade the
capacity and efficiency of the existing facility in order to meet the
needs of the rapidly growing community. Emphasis was also placed on
creating a state-of-the-art training facility that would attract new
recruits to the volunteer department, while also providing ‘hang-out’
spaces to facilitate the community-building activities conducted by the
The existing truck-bays were reconfigured into new offices, a control
room, washrooms, workshop and gear rooms, whereas the existing
administrative area was reconfigured into a large light-filled classroom
and open-planned kitchen, dining and lounge area. The existing basement
is now used for department training drills and a gym.
The new firehall provides a visual terminus to the downtown by
accentuating the corner location of the hose-tower, which serves as an
anchor to Main Street and a symbol of civic importance in the community.
The tower also serves a functional role as a location for drying
fire-hoses and is equipped with a staircase, doors and exterior landing
for department training exercises.
At the request of the fire-department, glass doors (low-E) with Tyndall®
Stone arches were incorporated to show-case the fire trucks to the
community, drawing attention to the five new double-deep truck bays. The
bays are filled with natural light and feature radiant in-floor heating,
providing rapid and even reheating of the space when doors are opened
for emergency calls during winter months. Floor drainage is provided by
one-inch wide ‘slot-drains’ in each truck bay, providing good drainage
without the drawbacks of conventional trench-drains.
The firehall had to remain completely operational for the duration of
construction, which necessitated that the new portion was completed
prior to commencing work on the existing portion. This provided some
logistical challenges, but was successfully implemented by the
Both the new and existing exterior concrete masonry walls were finished
with a new air barrier and 4-inches of rigid insulation, and a mix of
concrete masonry, Tyndall Stone and metal cladding veneers. Combined
with large amounts of daylight and efficient use of Mechanical and
Electrical systems, the result is a high-performance air-tight building.
As a small community it was vital to maintain tight budget control and
reuse the administration area and basement from the original fire hall.
Completed in April 2009, both community objectives were fulfilled with
the new Steinbach Firehall that is a blend of old and new in a new,
Building Envelope: Henry Glass:
Architectural Aluminum: Alumicor