In an effort to improve working conditions as well as consolidate their resources, the City of Omaha worked with Prochaska & Associates to renovate an existing fire station at 144th and Maple Street. The City was in the process of closing a building that housed their Technical Services Bureau (TSB) and needed to provide work/office space for this department. The existing Fire Station 78 also needed to be converted to provide private sleeping quarters for ten fire fighters. Both needs had to be contained within the existing building’s footprint. To add to the challenge, the station also needed to remain in operation while construction occurred.
Prochaska & Associates was able to surpass the City’s expectations with a thoughtfully developed floor plan that incorporated a new TSB storage mezzanine in the apparatus bays with work space on the ground level while maintaining required vehicle bays for the station. The living quarters were entirely reworked to provide an efficient layout with ten private rooms and a larger, more accessible kitchen to serve the fire fighters’ shifts. All construction occurred in a carefully planned, phased approached developed by Prochaska & Associates, which allowed the station to remain in use as the project was completed.