Situated on a nearly two-acre corner parcel marking entry into downtown Downers Grove, this sprawling 33,000-square-foot headquarters facility provides a link with the past, an aspect of the project that the department requested be reflected in the new, $7 million facility. Red tumbled brick, stone base and prominent, arched overhead doors are reminiscent of the original station that both the community and past firefighters fondly remember. The design has earned the praise of the Chief Phil Ruscetti: “The arches will forever link the firefighters of today and tomorrow with the rich history and traditions of the Downer's Grove Fire Department's past.” Even the day room's masonry fireplace is interspersed with brick salvaged from the demolition of the station that previously stood on the location.
The large clock tower affords a familiar architectural feature while cleverly concealing a generator. While the exterior reflects the department's past, the interior houses modern amenities in its administration space, training room, drive-through apparatus bay, exercise room, stainless-steel kitchen, training room, living quarters for 12 firefighters, and 2H-story training tower. The lower level offers space for storage space and expansion. Sixty-three parking spaces are provided.
Firm: Williams Architects Ltd.
Design Team: Mark Bushhouse, AIA, Principal/Project Executive; Scott Lange, AIA, Principal/Manager in Charge
Fire Chief: Phil Ruscetti
Project Area: 32,958 sq. ft.
Total Cost: $7 million
Cost per Square Foot: $211
Completion Date: Spring 2008