Station Style Conference Program & Agenda
Golf Tournament: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Join us for a fun and friendly golf tournament at the beautiful Quarry Golf Club. Shot-gun start is at 1 p.m., and tournament fee includes boxed lunch and prizes.
The Quarry is recognized throughout the country for its unique setting and design. The front nine plays in a links-style format and features rolling hills, native grasses and immaculate greens. The back nine lays out in a 100-year-old quarry pit. With elevated tee boxes and shots that will fly over large expanses, you will definitely love your experience at San Antonio’s premier golf course. Don’t miss this chance to feel like you played one of the most unique and enjoyable rounds of golf in your life!
Pre-Conference: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Pre-Conference information coming soon!
General Session: Friday, April 25, 2014
The Coolest Fire Stations on Earth
Theodore Galante, The Galante Architecture Studio, Inc.
How do we consider building with imposed financial constraints, space needs, zoning ordinances, building codes, historic commissions, restricting our projects? Today’s fire-station solutions require an uncommon level of creative thinking. This mind-opening talk asks what successes have worked elsewhere in the world. Planning a new fire station requires an optimistic approach to sorting out regulations. That optimism, combined with success stories can bring fresh ideas to your next project.
A Foundation to Build Upon: Getting the Right Start for Your Fire Station Project
Kenneth C. Newell, Stewart-Cooper-Newell Architects
All time-tested, great structures were built on solid foundations. The same is true for great fire-station projects. As one of the opening sessions to the Station Style conference, this presentation will introduce the audience to the foundational components necessary for the planning, design and construction of your great station project. We will cover critical issues such as: planning and building it to last; controlling costs from design to construction; and selecting the design team.
Revealing the Secrets of Hiring Professionals, Bidding and Construction of a Fire Station: A Comprehensive Look at the Hiring of an Architect or Contractor and the Elements of a Successful Construction Process
Ray Holliday and Jennifer Bettiol, BRW Architects
This presentation will examine the difference between an RFQ and an RFP, qualities to look for in an architect, different bidding methods available for hiring a contractor, and the advantages and disadvantages of each bidding type. The presentation also will discuss what owners should expect during construction, including owner, architect and contractor responsibilities. Fire-station case studies will be used to exemplify construction conditions, conflicts and resolutions.
10 Years and 10 Stations Later — What Have We Achieved?
Candice Wong, LEED AP BD+C
After 10 years of designing and building LEED-certified and green-design fire stations, what have we achieved? Have the claims for higher-efficiency lighting fixtures, mechanical equipment and plumbing fixtures produced the water and energy cost-savings promised? We have tracked the performance of 10 fire stations and developed case studies to showcase how well (or not) certain green strategies have worked.
Should Form Follow Function?
Mark Shoemaker, CR architecture + design
Most of us have an image of what a fire station should look like. Does that aesthetic really apply to a modern fire station? In this presentation, we will discuss the design of a station from the inside out — implementing efficient, practical solutions that are based on operational needs. This includes incorporating input from not only the ultimate decision-makers but the end users themselves. Discussions include overall organization of the station to optimize flow and daily functions as well as specific considerations for individual spaces.
With Adversity Comes Opportunity: How Wreckage and Ravine Shaped Charlottesville’s Fontaine Avenue Fire Station
Paul R. Erickson, LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects
David Hartman, Charlottesville Fire Department
To build its first new fire/EMS station in more than 50 years, the Charlottesville Fire Department had to overcome daunting challenges to find property and build on a site dubbed “1.3 acres from hell.” The architect and CFD representative take a lessons-learned approach to offer an insider’s view on every aspect of the station design, from rerouting a stream to creating the building’s emotional centerpiece (installation of a 9/11 artifact in the building’s 3-story entry lobby).
General Session and Breakouts: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Ignorance Still Isn’t Bliss
David J. Pacheco and Dennis A. Ross, Pacheco Ross Architects, PC
Clients continue to make seemingly informed decisions on station projects that ultimately are costing them money, time, political capital, initiative and unintended problems. In addition, what you believe you know can be just as detrimental as what you don’t know. This fast-paced, no-holds-barred, sometimes counterintuitive, perhaps controversial presentation will educate, offer new perspectives, challenge assumptions, and present actionable concrete solutions to avoid hidden pitfalls, recognize opportunities, understand architects and much more.
Considerations in Locating Fire and Emergency Response Facilities
James T. Steffens, MIFireE, EFO, The JTS Association Inc.
Fire and emergency-response stations, by their very nature, have to be distributed throughout the community. As such, many departments attempt to locate these facilities along roadways to assist emergency units in leaving the station, as well as being a good neighbor in terms of land-use arrangements. This program will focus on the land use and traffic implications of emergency service response facilities within developing communities.
Communicating Project Value Before Breaking Ground
Chief Mike Bucy, Stevens 1 Fire-Rescue
The process of starting a building project starts with public support — not shovels. Cultivating public support is an ongoing function that can make your life easier for any project — not just building stations. This fast-paced presentation will bring real-world experiences and concepts to show how easily a project can get public support — once the public trusts you! Value and return are key to public support.
A Tale of Two Cities: Developing a Joint Prototype Fire Station for the Future
Brian Harris and Forest Hooker, TCA Architecture Planning
Chief Neil Hines, Kennewick Fire Department
Learn how two neighboring fire departments came together to develop a joint fire station design manual and prototype fire station to increase efficiencies, save money and strengthen departmental relationships. Contracts, policies, schedules, cost savings and the design process will be discussed relative to the challenges and benefits of taking such an approach. What should be considered and why if you follow this model approach?
CONCURRENT BREAKOUTS (3-4 p.m.)
Your Old Fire Station — Should Rou Renovate or Knock it Down?
Robert Mitchell, Mitchell Associates Architects
Can your existing building and site be modified to meet your needs? Is it better to renovate, knock down or relocate? Identify trade-offs between operating out of the building during renovation versus vacating to temporary quarters. Learn strategies to deal with construction phasing, disruptions to operations, hazards of blending construction and operations, construction surprises and delays. See renovation examples of what is possible. Learn to see a solution when looking at a building.
The Particulars on Particulates Moderator: Capt. Jim McClure, San Jose Fire Department (Ret.), Firehouse Design & Construction
Diesel exhaust is a known carcinogen. Studies have shown that breathing vehicle exhaust fumes inside the fire station can cause or contribute to serious illnesses (emphysema, cancer, heart attack and stroke) and even death for firefighters who work, eat and sleep in the facility. Vehicle exhaust removal systems go a long way in preventing such exposure, but how do you select the right system for your station? How do you compare manufacture's products if you don't know the science behind them? How do you sort through all the testing and certification claims? This panel of chiefs, architects and vendors will discuss the types of air quality systems available and options for size, placement and connections within the station.
Seeing is Believing — How to Get Approval by Optimizing the Power of Technology Through 3D Visualization
Ryan Jorgensen, RK Visualization – A division of Riddell Kurczaba Architecture Engineering Interior Design Ltd.
Yesterday's approaches — plans, elevations and simple renderings — are no longer sufficient to convey a new fire station’s appearance and its connection to a community. This presentation will describe how computer generated 3D Visualization can bring these concepts to life. 3D visualization can translate ideas into highly realistic visuals that can be applied to public messaging, planning, development or a construction project. It can educate, persuade, achieve buy-in or refine a design.
CONCURRENT BREAKOUTS (4-5 p.m.)
Anatomy of a Fire Station
Theodore Galante, The Galante Architecture Studio, Inc.
Visual anatomy of a fire station defines how wiring travels from basement to roof, HVAC from floor to floor, plumbing from room to room, intertwined within bones and skin of a building. What layers of insulation sit against the skin and why? We define each systems is integration, performing solo functions, in concert with the whole. What are the implications for intertwining such complex systems and making sure they all work at the same time?
Factory Built/Site Assembled vs. Traditional Fire Station Construction – Can it be Done and How Much Will it Save
Mary McGrath, Mary McGrath Architects
Chief Larry Rooney, Lodi Fire Department
Presenters will explain the differences between the development of a fire station that is built using the traditional design/bid/build scenario and the newer factory built‐site assembled scenario. We will compare the results of the three site‐built fire stations with the development of Lodi’s latest station through the factory-assembled approach. We will present the potential benefits, including cost savings and potential drawbacks including design and quality control.
Insider’s Tips: How to Get the Best from Your Architect
Christopher Kehde, LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects
Design and construction of a new fire station may be a once-in-a-generation event for a given community. Learn essentials of a successful collaborative process where fire and rescue professionals and the architect each bring their unique expertise to the table. This presentation provides high take-home value with a “Top 10 List of Key Issues to Review with Your Architect” to meet the programmatic, financial and cultural goals of your department.
The Station Style Conference offers a limited number of sponsorship opportunities and exhibitor tables. For more information, contact Andy Van Sciver, FIRE CHIEF Publisher and General Manager, at 312-840-8461 or email@example.com.