Aldine is an unincorporated community in the Houston area with a population of 16,000 and growing. The new station No. 21 will be the third fire station serving the community. Located on the edge of an industrial/commercial district, station 21’s design strives to bridge the stark contrast of the metal warehouses and soon to be developed residential neighborhood that surround it. The combination of natural stone with sleek metal paneling all in neutral earth color tones softens the harshness of the industrial zone.Designed to sleep 8 firefighters individually, this new almost 10,900 sf facility features an open concept living area that encourages camaraderie among staff and boasts a large and private covered patio with gas grill.
Natural Daylight fills both the living portion as well as the 3 double-deep 70’-0” long apparatus bay. Pressurized air-locks help keep contaminates out of the living side of the station while a large shop area, separate turn out gear room, and decontamination room service the bay. Additionally, attic space from the shed roofs was utilized to add a luxuriously equipped fitness room, extra storage, and easy access to mechanical equipment.
This project was successfully completed due to team work and communication between the ESD and fire department, BRW Architects, and the contractor. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Harris Co. ESD 24 Aldine Fire & Rescue in the Future.