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  City of Oberlin Fire Station Expansion & RenovationCity of Oberlin Fire Station Expansion & Renovation


Rich Pontius, AIA (now with Thomas & Marker Construction Co.)
2011 Riverside Drive, Columbus, OH 43221

General Description

Location: Oberlin, Ohio
Date Bid: Apr 2009 Construction Period: May 2009 to Apr 2011
LEED® Gold
Total Square Feet: 20,161 Site: 5.12 acres.
Number of Buildings: Two.
Building Size: Basement, 3,387; first floor, 13,885; second floor, 2,889; total, 20,161 square feet.
Building Height: Basement, 12’; first floor 12’; second floor, 9’4”; total, 29’.
Basic Construction Type: Addition/Renovation.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick. Roof: Metal, membrane, modular green roof. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Projected and/or modeled energy usage: 41.3 KBTU/SF/yr.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: Jezerinac Geers & Associates, Inc. - 5640 Frantz Road, Dublin, OH 43017
General Contractor: Telamon Construction, Inc. - 5505 Milan Road, Sandusky, OH 44870
Cost Estimator: PEI Consulting Engineers - 5215 Langwell Drive, Westerville, OH 43082
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Roger D. Fields & Associates - 4588 Kenny Road, #200, Columbus, OH 43220
Landscape Architect: Blake Rafeld & Associates - 3504 Colchester Road, Columbus, OH 43221

The expansion and renovation of the City of Oberlin Fire Station includes numerous sustainable design features and was approved by the USGBC for a LEED(R) Gold Certification. The brick and glass additions were designed to complement the existing building's shapes and rooflines so the entire complex all appears original.

The site was fully renovated with the front door relocated to the rear of the building where parking is available. The site is fully landscaped and features three bio-retention basins for stormwater collection in addition to new paved areas with pervious concrete paving. There is a 256-square-foot outbuilding with brick enclosures for screening the emergency generator and trash dumpster at the rear of the building. The outbuilding is designed to match the building architecture and is for cold storage of mower, snowblower, tools and hazardous materials-containing foam.

The 7,480 square foot existing building was fully renovated and contains three apparatus bays, apparatus support spaces and living quarters. Two additions totaling 12,280 square feet were added on both sides of the existing building. They include a new apparatus bay, 2-story area with full basement and a dormitory for six fire personnel. The first floor of the new addition contains a new front entrance, lobby featuring a restored vintage fire cart and display case, conference room, and administrative offices. The second floor includes fire prevention offices, staff bullpen and storage mezzanine as well as access to the modular green roof. The basement includes a 50-person training/emergency operations center, training equipment storage room, toilets and mechanical rooms.

RP Architects provided full design, bidding, construction administration, selection of furnishings and all LEED submittals to the USGBC.

LEED enhancements include the following:

  • Pervious concrete paving and bioretention basins to eliminate stormwater runoff
  • Rainwater collection system for graywater for the toilets and urinals
  • Modular green roof over the new apparatus bay for added insulation and minimizing stormwater runoff
  • 48 Photovoltaic solar roof panels over the 2-story addition providing 12.5 kVA electrical generation when the building only demands 2.5 kVA on a typical sunny summer day
  • Abundant amount of windows and glazing, including aluminum and glass apparatus room doors, providing views to the exterior and daylighting in all public, office and apparatus areas reducing the amount of artificial light

Product Information
Brick: The Belden Brick Company
Roofing: Dimensional Metals, Inc.
Modular Green Roof: Live Roof installed by J B & CO., Inc., Tiffin, Ohio
Entrances & Storefronts, Windows: Kawneer
Flooring: Duro Design, Armstrong, Patcraft, Daltile
Elevators: Schindler Lighting: Lithonia, Pinnacle

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