Location: Hopewell, VA
The City of Hopewell commissioned RRMM Architects to design a replacement facility to house the Fire Bureau’s administrative and training offices, combined with a full service 6-bay fire station. The design for this new facility is currently in the final stages and construction is expected to begin late 2019. RRMM has worked closely with the City Fire Chief and his staff, as well as the Director of Public Works, to design a two-story 37,000 SF building to house the Fire Bureau’s and fire station functions.
The new facility will be sited on Arlington Drive and with public, staff, and equipment parking spaces. Driveways and aprons used by fire apparatus will be constructed of reinforced concrete paving; all other paving will be bituminous. The exterior design and materials were selected to compliment the civic style of the newest City facilities including a new police building also being designed by RRMM. An additional unique feature of this new fire facility will include the relocation of a still functioning fire pole that was salvaged from the original 1920 fire station.
Of particular note is the Emergency Operations Center. This Center is located on the First Floor of the new building in order to be accessible by other City departments when it is activated. Break rooms that double as sleeping quarters, vending and kitchen facilities are located adjacent to the Center, as well as toilet and shower rooms. The Center is placed inboard of the exterior walls and on the lowest floor level in order to be sheltered from possible damage created by major storm events. The entire upper floor level is secured from the public and non-fire service personnel by security hardware at stair and elevator door assemblies.
Although the City has chosen to not seek 3rd party LEED certification regarding the building’s energy and water consumption, and indoor environment factors, cost-effective systems will be employed throughout the new building. This includes a Variable Refrigerant Flow HVAC system, that will significantly enhance the performance of the building with regards to operational efficiency, maintainability, and occupant satisfaction.