Land Fire Station No. 7|
Brown, Reynolds, Watford Architects
2700 Earl Rudder Freeway, S., #4000, College Station, TX 77845
Sugar Land, Texas
Date Bid: July 2010
Construction Period: Oct 2010 to Sept 2011
Total Square Feet: 14,638
Site: 1.753 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: Garage, 5,260; first floor, 6,151; second floor,
3,227; total, 14,638 square feet.
Building Height: Garage, 42’ 7”; first floor, 26’; second floor,
39’ 6”; total, 45’.
Basic Construction Type: New/VB.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick. Roof: Metal. Floors:
Interior Walls: CMU, wood stud drywall.
Projected and/or modeled energy usage KBTU/SF/yr: 1,338,646 BTU.
Structural Engineer: Robertson Consulting Engineers - 2700 Earl
Rudder Freeway, S., #2900, College Station, TX 77845
General Contractor: Turner Construction - 4263 Dacoma Street,
Houston, TX 77092
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Jordan & Skala Engineers, Inc.
- 17855 N. Dallas Pkwy.,#320, Dallas, TX 75287
Civil Engineer: KSA Engineers, Inc. - 816 Park Two Drive, Sugar
Land, TX 77478
Located within an up-scale master-planned community, Fire Station No. 7
is designed to efficiently serve the needs of the residents within the
City of Sugar Land. The two-story, 14,754-square-foot station is
designed to house five firefighters per shift, with private sleeping
rooms and bathrooms, as well as a Day Room, a Kitchen/Dining Room with
individual shift pantries, a recycling area, offices, and a Training
Room which is available for use by all city departments. Two
pull-through and one back-in Apparatus Bays are supported by EMS
Storage, vehicle maintenance and repair, and Bunker Gear Room.
Exterior materials consisting of brick, manufactured stone, and
cementitious siding were specifically selected to reflect the historical
context of several buildings in the area as well as maintain the
municipal image of the City of Sugar Land. Design inspiration was drawn
from the Imperial Sugar Mill, the retired Two Camp Prison, the Sugar
Land City Hall and even the brick archway at the entrance of the
neighborhood development. Arched doorways and windows, a stone wainscot,
cast stone banding, and red brick detailing all contribute to the
historical and civic character of Fire Station No. 7.
Approximately 20 miles southwest of downtown Houston, Sugar Land has
been ranked as one of the safest, most diverse and most liveable cities
in the country. As a result, it is also one of the fastest growing
cities in the state of Texas and therefore, the station was designed to
adapt. The rear of the third apparatus bay was designed with knock out
wall panels and removable walls were created in the equipment storage
area so that in the future, the department can utilize the space to
create an additional bay and become a full three pull-through bay
station. The bedroom wings were also designed so that four sleeping
rooms and two additional restrooms can be added when further fire
personnel are needed to staff the station.
Throughout the design process, all decisions were made in light of their
environmental impact as Fire Station No.7 was Sugar Land's first
municipal building to pursue LEED(R) Certification. Bicycle racks were
provided to encourage building users to bike to work and recycled
materials were used wherever possible. The selected mechanical systems
reduce the building's energy demand while providing the building's
occupants with an increased level of control over individual thermal
comfort. By adding windows to a few key rooms, the design team was able
to meet the requirements for the Views credit. However, the project team
was very disappointed to find that the visible transmittance of the
impact-resistant glazing required for hurricane protection prevented
compliance with the Daylight credit. The square footage of glazing that
would have been necessary to achieve the Daylight credit would have put
an added burden on the mechanical system. These interrelationships gave
the project design team an added understanding of the impact seemingly
small design decisions and requirements can have on other aspects of the
design, as well as the environment.
Building Envelope: Arriscraft International, Acme Brick,
Innovative Cast Stone
Interior: Sherwin Williams, MDC Wallcoverings, Wilsonart,
Ceasarstone, Inpro, IPC
Flooring: Tandus, Roppe
Windows, Entrances & Storefonts: EFCO
Lighting: Lithonia, Peerless, Focal Point, Hydrel, Luraline,