County ESD #28, Ponderosa Fire Station No. 62|
Brown Reynolds Watford Architects
2700 Earl Rudder Freeway South, #4000
College Station, TX 77845
Location: Spring, Texas
Date Bid: Aug 2010 Construction Period: Oct 2010 to July
Total Square Feet: 11,163 Site: 1.032 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: Garage, 3,572; first floor, 5,720; second floor,
1,871; total, 11,163 square feet.
Building Height: Garage, 42’4”; first floor, 23’2”; second floor,
14’8”; floor to floor, 12’4”; total, 43’4”.
Basic Construction Type: New/V-B wood construction.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced
concrete. Exterior Walls: Texas limestone, fiber cement siding.
Roof: Metal. Floors: Wood. Interior Walls: CMU,
wood stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: Robertson Consulting Engineers - 2700 Earl
Rudder Freeway South, #2900, College Station, TX 77845
General Contractor: LDF Construction, Inc. - 25275 Budde Road,
#6, Spring, TX 77380
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Brazos Valley Engineering, Inc.
- 3209 Earl Rudder Freeway South, #200, College Station, TX 77845
Civil Engineer: Jones & Carter, Inc. - 1716 Briarcrest Drive,
#160, Bryan, TX 77802
Located in Spring, Texas, the Ponderosa Volunteer Fire Station No. 62
houses 9 paid and 65 volunteer firefighters. The new station is located
along a retail corridor and backs up to a residential neighborhood. To
maintain both the scale and style of the commercial and residential
area, BRW architects incorporated a traditional pitched roof and
utilized local building materials. The facade of Texas Limestone and
pre-stained fiber cement siding is both resilient and low maintenance.
To ensure that this facility will stand for years to come against 150
mph hurricane force winds, the structure is an economical mix of
structural steel, concrete masonry, and wood construction.
Through careful site planning, the narrow site was able to accommodate
pull through bays and a large drive apron to allow fire apparatus to
safely enter and exit the station. Visitor parking is available near the
entrance while an automated gate secures employee parking. The entrance
plaza displays a 9/11 Remembrance Monument as well as native,
Visitors to the station enter through a reminiscent historical hose
drying tower. Light from the clerestory windows at the top of the tower
floods the entrance while the limestone from the exterior is carried
inside to give the entrance a warm, natural feel. From the secured
lobby, the public can contact the on-duty lieutenant via pass through
window to his office or utilize the training room and restroom
facilities for community events. The lobby also features millwork that
displays historical memorabilia and trophies, while a special nook
showcases a life-size
bronze firefighter statue.
The rest of the first floor consists of private living areas for the
fire personnel. Every square inch is utilized to the fullest as custom
lockers are built into the walls of the corridor to provide storage for
the volunteer staff members. A Dorm room is provided for the volunteers
while the 3 shifts of full-time fire fighters have private rooms with
individual lockers. Three bathrooms service the private area of the
station while a fourth one is provided directly off the apparatus bay.
The entire crew can relax in the dayroom or complete continuing
education hours in the study while the rest enjoy the amenities in the
gourmet kitchen and dining area. To work off the calories gained in the
kitchen, the second floor houses a complete fitness room. To isolate the
noise of the fitness room, innovative soundproofing techniques and
specialized flooring where implemented.
The apparatus bays have quick opening bi-fold doors and diamond ground
concrete floors to reduce slip resistance. After a small mishap while
cutting the expansion joints in the bay floor, BRW Architects and LDF
Construction worked together to create an attractive resolution using
inlaid brick pavers. Trench drains, ceiling mounted cord reels, and
truck fill hose bibs are all included for efficiency and easy
maintenance. To provide protection from deteriorative U.V. and
fluorescent light, the bunker gear is stored in a room
off the apparatus bay.
The Station was cohesively designed with efficiency and cost in mind and
is now a home away from home for some
of our local heros.
Air Barrier: Dupont Fiber Cement Siding: CertainTeed
Sculptured Stone Medallions: PineApple Grove Metal Roofing:
MBCI Glazing: OldCastle BuildingEnvelope® Storefronts:
Kawneer Bi-Fold Bay Doors: Door Engineering Paint: Sherwin
Williams Gypsum: National Carpet: Mannington Rubber
Floor: Roppe Acoustical Flooring: Kinetics Noise Control