Location: Suffolk, VA
RRMM Architects designed a joint-use fire station/fire department administration building/emergency operations center for the fast-growing King’s Fork area of the City. Working with our public safety design consultant from Tecton Architects, the design team conducted a series of meetings with fire department and public safety personnel to determine program requirements. This involved visiting existing facilities to develop an understanding of available assets, as well as conducting interviews with staff to finalize the needs assessment. The program and design evolved from this detailed data gathering process.
The resulting facility contains a 12,500 SF fire station, with the remainder of the 25,109 SF space dedicated to fire department administrative offices and support spaces, an emergency operations center, and plug-in capability for a backup emergency 911 center. Within the fire station is a fitness center, 18 individual bunkrooms, a decontamination area, a large day room and commercial kitchen. Instead of the traditional locker room/shower area, the station offers individual shower rooms with a turn-out gear room housing 54 individual lockers. The station includes three extended length drive-through apparatus bays, which are located between the bunk rooms and the day room/kitchen area. A unique aspect of this facility is that the lobby displays an antique fire truck that was once used by the department.
This project was awarded the 2011 Silver Brick in Architecture Award and 2011 Station Design Award by Fire Chief Magazine.