Posted: January 11, 2018 | Projects
The new Central Fire Station for the City of New Philadelphia, Ohio, is a unique state-of-the-art facility that replaces the city’s outdated and undersized fire station.
Built on a mostly vacant site within the city’s downtown district, the new two-story fire station blends in with the surrounding architectural fabric. The new building not only looks good, it’s also utilitarian and addresses all the needs of first responders.
The architect approached the project with a design concept used on similar projects, to control costs. This concept uses two types of building construction – each fitting the type of activity taking place within their respective area – then fusing their aesthetic and functional attributes.
In this case, a two-story conventional masonry building houses offices and living quarters, and anchors the northwest corner of the building. Twin pre-engineered metal buildings to the south and east house the apparatus bays. The use of brick masonry for the exterior under a continuous black metal roof helps join the two building types into one unified whole.
The owner sought to maintain an urban feel, as well as provide the firefighters sufficient privacy in their living quarters. The architect subsequently designed the office/living portion of the facility as a two-story masonry and steel framed building, with the entire second floor designated as firefighters’ living quarters.
This design provides the firefighters the privacy enjoyed at the previous station, in addition to the space and amenities they once lacked. The entire first floor is used for offices, meeting space, medical care, turnout gear, and a workout room.
A centrally-located fire pole links the two floors, providing quick access to the turnout gear, which is strategically placed for direct entry to either of the two apparatus buildings. The offices are designed with commercial grade finishes, and provide a comfortable work environment.
The facility is designed with seven 70' by 16' pull-through apparatus bays – three to the south of the office/living building and four to the east. These bays are large enough for even the biggest fire trucks. The apparatus buildings also provide rooms for ancillary needs, such as decontamination, mechanical equipment, and storage.
The south apparatus building has a three-story training tower at the southern end, so that most of the firefighting training can be done on site. The east apparatus building is designed so that it may easily expand eastward should the first responders’ needs change and if additional land is acquired.
This state-of-the-art facility provides a structure that not only replaces the old outdated fire station but offers a new design that blends in with the current downtown setting.
Pre-Engineered Metal Building: Gulf State Manufacturers
Building Envelope: Belden Brick Company
Wood, Plastic & Composites: TREX Company
Roofing: Gulf State Manufacturers
Windows, Entrances & Storefronts: Miceli Glass Company
Flooring: Philadelphia commercial, JJ Invision, Tuflex, Florida Tile
Interior: National Gypsum, Marinoware, Armi
Garage Doors: Haas Door
Lighting: Lighting Dynamics, Inc.
Location: New Philadelphia, Ohio
Date Bid: May 2016
Construction Period: Jun 2016 to Jun 2017
Total Square Feet: 24,503
Site: 2 acres.
Number of Buildings: Two; one main building & one garage.
Building Sizes: Garage, 12,904; first floor, 5,810; second floor, 5,789; total, 24,503 square feet.
Building Height: Garage, 30'; first floor, 14'; second floor, 12'; total, 46'.
Basic Construction Type: New/2B/Pre-Engineered Metal Building.
Foundation: Cast-in-place footings, pier & grade beam, slab-on-grade, CMU.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick.
Floors: Concrete on metal deck.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.