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  Harris County ESD #28, Ponderosa Fire Station No. 62Harris County ESD #28, Ponderosa Fire Station No. 62


Brown Reynolds Watford Architects
2700 Earl Rudder Freeway South, #4000
College Station, TX 77845

General Description

Location: Spring, Texas
Date Bid: Aug 2010 Construction Period: Oct 2010 to July 2011
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.

Project Team

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, drought-resistant landscaping.

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.

Product Information
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

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