Prochaska & Associates was chosen to provide full A/E services for the design and construction of a new 14,300 square foot, 3 bay replacement fire station for the Millard Suburban Fire Protection District No. 1. This station was the result of an extensive planning process, including interviews with three shifts of firefighters, a building committee, and the District’s Board of Directors. The challenge was to create a low maintenance facility with a contemporary look which would enhance the residential context of the proposed site. The design had to meet the District’s program and budgetary requirements without sacrificing the performance of the facility. Prochaska & Associates worked closely with the Firefighters’ Building Committee and their program to create plans that included the latest data/communication systems as well as addressing the latest standards regarding control and decontamination of bloodborne pathogens. The concept was to functionally integrate three distinct elements into a cohesive whole visually and physically: apparatus and equipment; living quarters and physical fitness facility; and administration and public meeting rooms.
A light-colored brick facade was selected to compliment adjacent residences while providing a durable, long-term exterior. Steel trusses are used to clear span the living and apparatus areas for an open, flexible interior. To reduce the apparent scale of this large building in a residential context, the roof structure of the living area was lowered to segment its massing from the apparatus bays. Gently curved metal roof sheathing and clad wood windows minimize long term maintenance while providing accent colors for visual interest. All of the construction materials used in the facility were chosen for their low maintenance qualities. The design evokes an image of strength and clarity of form and function, therefore enhancing the image of the fire station.