In the 30 years since the city last built a fire station, much has changed in fire services and building design. The new station would facilitate the expanded role that fire services fulfill today: fire prevention, rescue, and emergency services. Additionally, the environmental impact, energy efficiency and lifecycle costs were to be part of the design, detailing and selection of materials.
The selected site was challenging to use due to its odd shape, steep slopes, treed ravine, and neighboring residences, but was desirable due to its proximity to a major arterial intersection. This location provides direct, quick response to the new service area and a prominent visual presence.
The building embodies the two distinct elements of the program: living area and apparatus bay. The lower, human-scaled living area is the public face of the building. Its stepped rooflines and articulated forms provide a scalar transition to the larger, industrially scaled apparatus bay. The drive-through apparatus bay is behind the living quarters and nestled into the hillside. Simple materials are used to evoke feelings of stability and durability. These forms and materials relate to nearby farmhouses and consequent agricultural structures. Geothermal HVAC, foamed-in-place insulation and daylighting make it a highly efficient facility.
- Firm: Rohrbach Associates PC
- Steven A. Rohrbach, AIA, President, Rohrbach Associates PC
- William T. Downing, AIA, Principal, Project Architect, Rohrbach Associates PC
- John P. Gabrielson, AIA LEED AP, Architect, Rohrbach Associates PC
- Owen J. Wagner, Assoc. AIA LEED AP, Intern Architect, Rohrbach Associates PC
- Amy Infelt, PE, Principal, Design Engineers PC
- Marc Foster, PE, Electrical Engineer, Design Engineers PC
- Justin Opperman, PE, Mechanical Engineer, Design Engineers PC
- Client: City of Iowa City
- Location: Iowa City, Iowa
- Fire Chief: Andrew Rocca
- Project Area: 8,169 sq. ft.
- Total Cost: $2,400,000
- Cost per Square Foot: $294
- Completion Date: October 2011
- Does Total Cost Include Site Work?: Yes
- Is the Facility Sprinklered?: Yes