Built in the 1960s in a rural and agricultural county, the Wesley Chapel Volunteer Fire Department's station was a metal shed conceived as a place to park the trucks out of the weather. Fast-forward five decades, the fields are transformed into upscale subdivisions, shopping and schools. The fire department has evolved from all-volunteer to paid-volunteer 24 hours per day. A replacement station was desperately needed. Likewise, there was a need for law-enforcement presence.
The new station is built for the future. It is anticipated to become a full-time department within its service life. Consequently, it includes required offices and living quarters, plus exercise and a training room which serves as an EOC and community room. Drive-through bays are designed to accommodate the specialized equipment of a headquarters station; a wash bay is dedicated to cleaning and working on vehicles. The apparatus bay mezzanine provides storage and training opportunities. Training aids include an upper-level window for ladder and rappelling, confined space, high line, rigging, stair, and FDC with sprinkler. Offices for the sheriff's department are included.
The fire station is a community icon and has been well received.
The building is anticipated to be LEED Silver.
- Firm: Garner & Brown Architects PA
- Scott Garner, AIA, Project Architect, Garner & Brown Architects PA
- Butch Plyler, Department Board Chairperson, Wesley Chapel Volunteer Fire Department
- Terry Byrum, Retired Fire Chief, Wesley Chapel Volunteer Fire Department
- David Pohfahl, Construction Project Manager, Edison Foard Inc.
- Jason Galloway, PE, LEED AP, Civil Engineer, PERIGON
- Eugene Hunter, PE, Structural Engineer, Hunter Structural PA
- Bobby Morrison, PE, Mechanical Engineer, Morrison & Associates PA
- Brian Thompson, PE, LEED AP, Electrical Engineer, Optima Engineering PA
- Tim McElroy, LEED AP, Commissioning Authority, Optima Engineering PA
- Client: Wesley Chapel Volunteer Fire Department
- Location: Wesley Chapel, North Carolina
- Fire Chief: Steven McLendon
- Project Area: 24,754 sq. ft.
- Total Cost: $3,804,313
- Cost per Square Foot: $154
- Completion Date: February 2012
- Does Total Cost Include Site Work?: Yes
- Is the Facility Sprinklered?: Yes