CITY OF RICHARDSON FIRE DEPARTMENT NO.1
The new City of Richardson Fire Station 1 and Fire Administration Headquarters building anchors the North end of the Richardson Public Safety Campus. The duality of the building, a civic facility open to the public during typical business hours and a fire station housing up to 12 firefighters on 24-hour shifts, presented additional unique challenges. The architectural approach in response is realized through material selection, location on the site, and plan organization. The concept is embedded in the goals as set forth by the Richardson Fire Department. The presence of native stone characterizes strength and pride for the City, while simultaneously referencing a home and hearth refuge for the firefighters stationed on site.
The continuation of wood decking as soffits and exposed structure continue to soften the formality of the civic toward an impression of authenticity and informality in the building composition, emphasizing the fact that a city’s fire station is also a home. The building is orientated to provide 6 drive-through apparatus bays exiting directly onto the street, and the adjacent public entry dually identifies the facility and reaches out to the citizenry, while the residential areas of the Fire Station are more secluded away from the street. The Administration Headquarters is accessed through the public lobby to the second floor. The Fire Station living areas tucked underneath the offices above include ground floor access to covered outdoor dining and exercise areas screened from the remainder of the campus for privacy. The living areas are arrayed for direct and speedy access to the apparatus, bays to maximize response time.
*2020 FIREHOUSE MAGAZINE STATION DESIGN | CAREER 1 GOLD AWARD
*2020 F.I.E.R.O. Fire Station Awards| HONOR AWARD