This complex project's successful design and execution owes thanks to the foresight of city officials who attended the Station Style Design Conference to learn about station design and select a fire station expert to team with a local architect.
Fire headquarters, public-safety answering point, EOC, citywide IT, fire marshal and city locker/gym are components of this new facility on a prominent downtown corner. The exterior is designed to maximize safe response and protect entry and balcony from unusually strong prevailing winds. Fitting this station onto a small urban site with easements and zoning requirements was challenging.
The PSAP and EOC are highly secure and contain tactical breakout, kitchen, quiet room, and training office to work together effectively in an emergency. The EOC is integrated with fire administration offices for efficiency.
Designed as Green Globes — sustainable, emphasis is energy efficiency, daylighting, sustainable materials and regional sourcing. Fully sprinklered, this facility is 48% more energy efficient than required: incorporating lighting management, LED lighting, vehicle exhaust, individual zone control, air-quality monitoring, HVAC management, electronic auditable occupant access station alerting, in-floor radiant heat with tankless boilers for bays, and building-wide onsite emergency power.
(Submitted in Memory of Arthur J. Ferrari, past principal of Ferrari Westwood Babits Architects.)
- Firms: Pacheco Ross Architects, P.C. and Ferrari Westwood Babits Architects
- M. Daniel Westwood, AAA, MRAIC, LEED SP, Principal, Ferrari Westwood Babits Architects
- Peter Drew, ACIAT, LEED AP, Project Manager, Ferrari Westwood Babits Architects
- David J. Pacheco, AIA, Visiting Project Architect, Pacheco Ross Architects, P.C.
- Dennis A. Ross, AIA, Partner, Pacheco Ross Architects, P.C.
- Conrad Westerson, P.E., Facilities Services Manager, City of Lethbridge
- Richard Hildebrandt, Manager of Strategy and Innovation, City of Lethbridge
- Roy Pollmuller, Deputy Chief, Strategic Services, City of Lethbridge
- Client: City of Lethbridge Fire Department
- Location: Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
- Fire Chief: Brian Cornforth
- Project Area: 34,886 sq. ft.
- Total Cost: $10,000,000
- Cost per Square Foot: $287
- Completion Date: April 2011
- Does Total Cost Include Site Work?: Yes
- Is the Facility Sprinklered?: Yes