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  College Station Fire Station #6College Station Fire Station #6


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

General Description

Location: College Station, Texas
Date Bid: Aug 2011 Construction Period: Sep 2011 to Nov 2012
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.

Project Team

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 cohesive structure.

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.

Product Information
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: PPG
Specialty Doors: Overhead Doors  Hardware: Ampco, Curries
Gypsum: Temple-Inland  Drywall & Acoustical Ceilings Contractor: Applied Finish Systems, LLC Houston, Texas  Paint: Sherwin Williams
Flooring: Roppe, Crossville, Tandus Carpet

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