New fire house opens itself to the community and celebrates the legacy of firefighting
Fire Station 27 for the City of Dallas represents the most advanced design of all the city’s new stations. Due to location and extreme site limitations, the 23,000-sq-ft facility for 15 fire fighters per shift will be the first multi-storey fire station in Dallas in over 100 years. The project’s site constraints and urban context provided opportunities to challenge the typical functional typology of fire stations.
A unique 'stacked' apparatus bay configuration allows the typical 4-bay program to be consolidated to a 2-bay program with drive-thru flexibility at ground level. Below grade is a secure parking garage for 18 personnel vehicles while the second level contains isolated sleeping quarters. An innovative, glazed fitness room solution hangs over the apparatus bays and takes advantage of under-utilised space while consolidating the machines of fitness with the machines of protection.
Based along a linear service and equipment bar, the entire layout was carefully orchestrated to keep the response time under 60 seconds. Fire Station 27 fosters a new level of engagement with the community through a heightened level of transparency and a large-scale graphic wall that merges the realms of firefighting, architecture and media. The storey-wall forms a lining to the atrium, compliments the program arrangement and tells the history and legacy of the human and technology components in the service of community.
Fire Station 27 will be the City of Dallas’ first Carbon Neutral building complying with the 2030 challenge and first LEED Platinum fire station.