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  Sugar Land Fire Station No. 7Sugar Land Fire Station No. 7


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

General Description

Location: Sugar Land, Texas
LEED® Certified
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 concrete.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick. Roof: Metal. Floors: Wood.
Interior Walls: CMU, wood stud drywall.
Projected and/or modeled energy usage KBTU/SF/yr: 1,338,646 BTU.

Project Team

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.

Product Information
Building Envelope: Arriscraft International, Acme Brick, Innovative Cast Stone
Roofing: MBCI
Interior: Sherwin Williams, MDC Wallcoverings, Wilsonart, Ceasarstone, Inpro, IPC
Flooring: Tandus, Roppe
Windows, Entrances & Storefonts: EFCO
Lighting: Lithonia, Peerless, Focal Point, Hydrel, Luraline, Emerson

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