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  Little Rock Fire Station No. 23Little Rock Fire Station No. 23


Jackson Brown Palculict Architects, Inc.
12921 Cantrell Road, #201, Little Rock, AR 72223

General Description

Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
LEED® Certified
Date Bid: Sep 2011 Construction Period: Oct 2011 to Nov 2012
Total Square Feet: 8,291 Site: 2.65 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 8,291; total, 8,291.
Building Height: First floor, 28’8”; total, 28’8”.
Basic Construction Type: New/VB Sprinklered/Pre-Engineered Building.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, siding, storefront. Roof: Metal, membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, wood stud drywall.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: Engineering Consultants, Inc. - 401 West Capitol Avenue, #305, Little Rock, AR 72201
General Contractor: Dayco Construction, Inc. - 30 North Road, Damascus, AR 72039
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: W.H. Grant & Associates, Inc. - 1922 West 2nd Street, Little Rock, AR 72205
Civil Engineer & Landscape Architect: Crafton Tull - 10825 Financial Centre Parkway, #300, Little Rock, AR 72211
Sustainability Consultant: Viridian, Inc. - 100 Gamble Road, Little Rock, AR 72211

The Little Rock Fire Station #23 was not only the first LEED® certified fire station in the State of Arkansas, it was also an environmental project that served to repair a natural water feature that extended well beyond the project site. Before the building was even conceived, the Army Corps of Engineers did extensive investigations on a natural creek bed in West Little Rock where the project was to be located. Through analysis, a report was written to outline what needed to be done to restore the area. The design of the building was then completed to highlight the beauty of the creek, as well as become an icon for the neighborhood.

The building is comprised of sleeping quarters, a communal living area, and an apparatus bay. Located on a major neighborhood thoroughfare, the larger corner element stands out to announce the building as a fire station. A small lobby is open 24 hours, equipped with bathrooms, for the public. The interior of the station is designed to house 3 shifts of firefighters. The apparatus bay is designed to hold two trucks or several smaller vehicles.

In keeping with the neighborhood wishes, the front elements of the fire station have been designed on a residential scale, although the project still retains the architectural language of a civic building. The public face of the building is comprised of materials easily found in a residential neighborhood, such as brick and cementitious siding. There are also large stone elements on the facade, taking advantage of Arkansas' abundant resources of natural stone. The apparatus bay is tucked back behind the public road, and its materials speak more true to the program inside. Metal panels wrap the exterior, while CMU blocks line the inside of the truck bays. The shop and gym are also located on the back half of the building, away from the public view.

The interior of the building is comprised of durable and sustainable materials. The flooring in the main area is a stained and polished concrete, and the kitchen is finished entirely with stainless steel. Two bedrooms and a bathroom comprise a suite, and there are storage compartments inside for all three shifts. The day room gives a comfortable living space to the firefighters, who see this fire station as a second home.

The HVAC and lighting systems were designed to be highly efficient and meet the standards outlined by LEED. The glazing strategy for the building was determined through sun studies, and deep overhangs help to shade areas of harsh sun infiltration. Using a clerestory, there is even abundant natural light in the truck bay.

Finally, the landscaping and site work completed on the project has repaired the natural creek and helped alleviate flooding in the neighborhood. Large boulders were used to slow water flow, and the banks were repaired to stop erosion. The project has become an asset to the community and a prototype for fire stations around the state.

LEED® Points Achieved           44 Total
Sustainable Sites                      13
Water Efficiency                       3
Energy & Atmosphere                6
Materials & Resources                5
Indoor Environmental Quality    10
Innovation & Design Process       5
Regional Priority Credits            2

Product Information
Metal Building Manufacturer: Nucor Vulcraft Group
Concealed Purlin Insulation System: Thermal Design
Metal Building Insulation: CertainTeed
Exterior Siding & Trim: James Hardie Membrane Roofing:
Duro-Last Roofing, Inc. Storefronts: Kawneer
Sectional Overhead Doors: Raynor Sun Shading: Tri-Star
Drywall: Temple-Inland Ceiling: Armstrong
Tile & Carpet: Mannington Weight Room Floor: Mondo
Lighting: Nulite, Columbia, Bega, Focal Point, Hubbell, Dual Lite, Spaulding, Wiremold, Square D.

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