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  Willowfork Fire Station No. 2Willowfork Fire Station No. 2


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

General Description

Location: Katy, Texas
Date Bid: Jan 2012
Construction Period: Apr 2012 to Mar 2013
Total Square Feet: 13,358 Site: 3.248 acres. Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: Garage, 4,074; first floor, 7,719; second floor, 1,565; total, 13,358 square feet.
Building Height: Garage, 38’ 10”; first floor, 30’ 11”; second floor, 34’ 9”; total, 43’.
Basic Construction Type: New/V-B.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced concrete.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, limestone. Roof: Asphalt shingles.
Floors: Concrete, wood. Interior Walls: CMU, wood stud drywall.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: Gessner Engineering - 2501 Ashford Drive, College Station, TX 77840
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Hirsch & Associates - 6161 Savoy Drive, #1135, Houston, TX 77036
General Contractor: LDF Construction, Inc. - 25275 Budde Road, #6, Spring, TX 77380

Willowfork Fire Station No. 2 is located in the popular and affluent Cinco Ranch development of Katy, Texas. The station's design embodies classic fire station elements interpreted in a contemporary, yet comfortable style. The red brick is a nod to traditional fire station design and includes flemish and rowlock banding details which display classic masonry techniques. The brick is complimented by local stone and accented by metal details including an illuminated Texas star, and station number "2" which serve as a beacon of public safety in the night sky. The lush and colorful landscaping creates a softened perimeter and provides an inviting setting, welcoming visitors.

The Owner/ Architect Team worked diligently together to meet a variety of challenges during the design of the station. The large 3.25 acre site is segmented by 7 different utility easements which reduced the buildable site size to only 0.77 acres. These easements required creativity while both laying out the floor plan as well as developing the site for circulation and vehicle maneuverability. Additionally, the team worked closely with the developer of the Cinco Ranch community to properly incorporate all of the development's design guidelines and standards and further enhance the image of the community.

Many unique design features were also incorporated into the 13,358-square-foot facility due to the volunteer nature of the station. Located off the entry tower, the station features a 50 person training room giving the department the ability to provide continuing education and training seminars to all of their volunteer staff. The connected break room, restrooms, and secure entrance into the rest of the station allows the training room to be utilized for community events without interrupting the daily activities of the staff. Additionally an officer's suite is located near the entrance to provide quick and helpful assistance to visitors. The living quarters of the station are located along a central corridor providing direct access to the apparatus bay to reduce response time. Built-in lockers are provided in the individual sleeping rooms and in the corridors to accommodate the 7 shifts of volunteer staff. All the bedrooms also have direct access to the large kitchen, dining, and day room. A stairwell located off of the kitchen provides access to the second floor exercise room with interior windows into the apparatus bay and exterior windows with beautiful views of the surrounding community. An office for future expansion and the report writing office are located adjacent to the bay. The apparatus bay features three 65 foot deep pull through bays supported by a bunker gear room, shop, utility room, decontamination room and second floor mezzanine storage.

The efforts made by the team to balance cost and maximize functionality resulted in a great project achieved through the strong communication and leadership of the Willowfork fire department and BRW team.

Product Information
Building Envelope: Acme Brick
Roofing: Timberline Armur Shield II
Windows, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Flooring: J & J Merge Mingle Carpet
Lighting: Lithonia, Luraline, Visa, Peerless

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