Fire Station 27
When we set out to design the replacement station for Fire Station 27 we were faced with a challenge–an urban site that was too small to accommodate the program and required parking.
Breaking from the typical firehouse designs in the city, our solution was to develop a multi-level facility to house the 15 firefighters per shift that live there. Creating a layout that would ensure their brief response time while maintaining their safety was key.
The result is a facility that represents the most advanced design of all the City of Dallas’ fire stations.
The design intends to re-establish a proper civic presence for the firehouse. Volumetric separation between the people-places and the machine-spaces is created by a glazed atrium. Defined by a 2-story high “story wall,” this atrium brings natural daylight deep into the building and celebrates the history and legacy of firefighting in the service of community.
The ground level contains the main living areas and the pull-through apparatus bays, while the second level houses isolated sleeping quarters and an innovative fitness room suspended over the apparatus bays. Below grade is a secure parking garage that is also used as an emergency shelter when necessary.
The fire station is LEED Gold certified, employing sustainable design strategies such as solar panels, a storm water collection cistern, and high performance glazing, lighting and HVAC system.