The Parker County Hospital District EMS Station No.1 and Administration Facility, houses the county hospital emergency response crews and administration staff. The new facility gives a fresh public face to these services, replacing the existing outdated and overcrowded buildings. Working with RBR Construction as design-build contractor, BRW designed two buildings connected by a shared green space. Taking cues from the nearby residential neighborhood scale, as well as Texas vernacular, the buildings are a mix of natural materials and modern details. Light colored brick cladding contrasts with dark stucco planes above. Deep overhangs shade large expanses of glass that allow for natural light to fill the interior spaces, while minimizing heat gain. The buildings are separated due to significant grade change across the site, providing the opportunity to create a generous landscaped courtyard accessible from each building. A covered patio at the EMS Station forms an outdoor room for crew members.
The EMS Station is defined by the large fourbay volume housing emergency vehicles and equipment. Smaller wings are comprised of administrative offices, living, kitchen and dining space, and sleeping quarters. Entering the Administration Building, an open lobby acts as a controlled access point to the office wing and double-volume board room. An adjacent kitchen allows the flexible boardroom space to be used for a variety of events while the office wing may be closed off after business hours. The design of the EMS Station and Administration building creates an efficient and functional facility that enhances the public image of these key services to the community.