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THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2023 | 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Maryland Heights (Missouri) Fire Protection District - ENGINE HOUSE NO. 2
In the spring of 2014, FGMA was hired to assist the District with planning for several projects that would address critical facility and operational needs.
Designated as the highest priority for the District, work on Engine House No. 2 called for demolition of an outdated, outgrown and obsolete facility. Effort to program and budget for a new satellite engine house to take the old structure’s place began immediately. Thereafter, FGMA assisted the District with referendum planning services and, ultimately, the measure was successfully passed by voters in October of 2014.
The state-of-the-art 17,000 sf engine house consists of three extended length drive-through bays for a variety of apparatus as well as separate, zoned support and work spaces as well as living quarters for privacy and contaminant control. Up to seven full-time firefighters can be accommodated in the bunk hall per shift plus three holdover rooms; separate shower rooms are adjacent to each bunk room. A large and a small day room are adjacent to the full kitchen with shift pantries and a dining / meeting area. A front entry allows the public to use a community / training room, a medical check room and a toilet as well as access the Captain’s office and shift office.
The station was designed to use masonry construction, and features a pitched roof and stone for durability and to complement the neighborhood housing stock.
Construction required phased implementation to maintain the former Engine House No. 2 so that operations by the District were not interrupted.
City of Edwardsville, Illinois – PUBLIC SAFETY HEADQUARTERS
The City of Edwardsville commissioned FGMA to perform a space needs, feasibility and master plan study in preparation for a combined police and fire headquarters.
Both the city’s police and fire departments had outgrown their facilities. Using the information the study produced, a new combined headquarters station was designed to be located just south of downtown, which allows the departments to be operational during construction.
The new 51,500 sf facility houses the full police department and the fire department’s administration and primary fire house functions.
A major challenge with any combined building is to design for shared space to save cost while also providing the appropriate separation of the departments for security and privacy.
To accomplish this, the lobby, community room and fitness room were designed as shared spaces and logically centered between the departments with access controlled doors. The final plan allows for both departments to cohabitate while maintaining privacy.
The public enters into an inviting two-story space which directs people to either the police or fire departments. The facility has a large training room which also serves as an emergency operation center and community room. The room is dividable to host several different events simultaneously, saving the city money.
A major consideration for the city was that the facility had to be consistent with the overall historic architectural character of the buildings in the downtown area. To accomplish this, material surveys of those buildings were taken to make sure the materials, such as limestone and brick, were complementary.