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  Little Miami Joint Fire & RescueLittle Miami Joint Fire & Rescue

General Contractor

D.E.R. Development Company LLC
750 US Highway 50, Milford, OH 45150

General Description

Location: Fairfax, Ohio
Date Bid: Feb 2012
Construction Period: Apr 2012 to Mar 2013
Total Square Feet: 12,316 Site: 1.0033 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 9,016; second floor, 3,300; total 12,316 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14’; second floor, 24’; total, 38’.
Basic Construction Type: New/IIB non-combustible.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade, CMU.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, storefront, glazed sectional overhead doors. Roof: Asphalt shingle, membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Project Team

Architect: MSA Architects - 316 W. 4th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Heapy Engineering - 1400 W. Dorothy Lane, Dayton, OH 45409
Structural Engineer: Advantage Group Engineers, Inc. - 660 Lincoln Avenue, #305, Cincinnati, OH 45206
Cost Estimator: PDSC Corp. - 1315 Hayward Court, Cincinnati, OH 45208
Landscape Architect: Meisner + Associates/Land Vision - 1118 Pendleton Street, #301, Cincinnati, OH 45202

The Little Miami Joint Fire & Rescue District was created in 2003 by the merger of two fire departments on Cincinnati's east side. The second station to be replaced was the Fairfax Fire Station.

The site constraints really drove the design of the station. Located on a corner lot along busy Wooster Pike at the entrance to Fairfax's business district, the station needed to be a welcoming gateway to the community. The tight site meant that trucks would need to access the apparatus bays from the rear via a side street. Parking for fire fighters and visitors was provided in a parking lot that was to be shared by the Fire District and an adjacent restaurant. The location of the parking lot ensures that visitors will not have to drive or walk across the apron in front of the apparatus bays.

The building is considered a gateway to the business district, but the Fire District wanted the design to be dignified without being too commercial or institutional in appearance. This was achieved through the use of forms and materials that reference the residential buildings that make up the adjacent neighborhood' pitched roofs with dimensional asphalt shingles, face brick, and stone. The interior of the building makes use of simple, durable materials-painted gypsum board, ground-face CMU, polished concrete floors, and in some places, exposed painted structure and ductwork.

The interior of the building is organized so that the living quarters are all on the first floor with easy access to the apparatus bays. The second floor contains offices, a conference room, fitness room, and an area open to the apparatus bays that can be used for storage or for training.

Product Information
Building Envelope: The Belden Brick Company, Grand Blanc, Oldcastle, Overhead Door Company
Roofing: Firestone, Hunter, CertainTeed, Metal Era
Windows: Oldcastle
Entrances & Storefronts: Oldcastle
Interior: USG, CertainTeed, Sherwin Williams, Armstrong, Corian, Formica
Elevators: Schindler
Lighting: Columbia, Lamar Lighting, New Star, Intense Lighting, Prescolite, Kim, Hubbell, Beta Calco

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