Station Fire Station #6|
Brown, Reynolds, Watford Architects
2700 Earl Rudder Freeway South, #4000, College Station, TX 77845
Location: College Station, Texas
Date Bid: Aug 2011 Construction Period: Sep 2011 to Nov
Total Square Feet: 25,133 Site: 1.76 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: Garage 9,680; first floor, 9,180; second floor,
6,273; total 25,133 square feet.
Building Height: Garage, 37’ 2”; first floor, 14’; second floor,
26’ 10”; floor to floor, 14'; total, 50’.
Basic Construction Type: New/V-B.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced
concrete. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtain wall, stone, metal
panel. Roof: Metal. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls:
CMU, metal stud drywall.
Construction Manager at Risk: Bartlett, Cocke General Contractors
- 2550 S. Interstate 35, #100, Austin, TX 78704
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Jordan & Skala Engineers, Inc.
- 17855 North Dallas Parkway, #320, Dallas, TX 75287
Structural Engineer: Robertson Consulting Engineers - 2700 Earl
Rudder Freeway, South, #2900, College Station, TX 77845
Civil Engineer: O’Malley Engineers, LLP - 203 South Jackson
Street, Brenham, TX 77833
In the heart of Bryan/College Station, Fire Station #6 serves the
University Drive corridor and Texas A&M University. This modern facility
enhances the commercial district it inhabits while embracing the City’s
strict design criteria. The various building materials, found in other
structures along the corridor, link the style throughout the City in one
To optimize the maneuverability of the fire trucks, the station sits at
the limits of the setbacks. The building’s presence along the setback is
softened at the pedestrian level by incorporating a “time line plaza”,
water feature, and native landscaping. A timeline of the department’s
history was created by engraving the bricks of the plaza with the names
of all past employees and volunteers, benches representing each decade
of that history act as barricades between the administration offices of
the first floor and the street.
Inside the reminiscent hose tower entry, the station features a
memorabilia area and a multi-purpose room which is used for departmental
training and community groups. The remainder of the first floor consists
of: a report writing room that doubles as a backup 9-1-1 emergency
dispatch center, administrative offices, a 14-person dayroom, a kitchen
with a commercial range and hood, a dining room, and weight room
facilities. Firefighters are known for their cooking skills so not only
were they provided with a high end kitchen with many special built-ins
but also a covered outdoor patio equipped with a gas grill, range hood,
and screen wall with built in benches for added privacy. Five, 100 foot
deep, bays house the Fire apparatus: a Hazmat truck and trailers, EMS
Vehicles, and water rescue units. The bays are flanked on each side by
support spaces such as a decontamination room, Hazmat and EMS storage,
and a Bunker room. The second floor is primarily reserved for the
private spaces of the fire personnel which in
clude individual sleeping rooms, unisex bathrooms, a laundry room, and a
study room that overlooks the apparatus bay. Of course no station would
be complete without a fire-pole and due to this station's size, it
actually has one beside each staircase.
Unlike a residence or business, this building is occupied 24/7 by 3
shifts of 14 people. Durability of materials, efficiency and flow are
crucial as every second counts during a response. Many small and often
overlooked details make this a superior fire facility, from an automatic
shut off on the stove and grill when a call is received to the coded LED
lights that tie into the alerting system and identify each individual
crew’s specific calls. Even the acoustics of the bay or “garage” were
considered to ensure that all staff can easily hear the tones when a
call comes in.
This facility creates a home away from home for our local heroes that
allows them the privacy they need to decompress after a stressful call.
Brick: ACME Standing Seam Metal Roof: McElroy Metals
Metal Panels: Berridge Manufacturing Company Standing Seam Metal
Roofing & Metal Panels Contractor: Texas Fifth Wall Roofing
Systems, Austin, Texas
Apparatus Bay Ceiling: Epic Metals Corporation Glazing:
Specialty Doors: Overhead Doors Hardware: Ampco,
Temple-Inland Drywall & Acoustical Ceilings Contractor:
Applied Finish Systems, LLC Houston, Texas Paint: Sherwin
Flooring: Roppe, Crossville, Tandus Carpet