Fire Station Renovation, North Highlands, New York
For many architectural firms, this New York fire station renovation and expansion project might have represented very unique challenges. But for architect Bob Mitchell, a recognized authority on fire station design, completing the job cost effectively and to newest standards was essentially a matter of applying what his firm has learned in more than 160 projects involving emergency services facilities.
Smart construction planning allowed building the new masonry structure around the original. Existing steel framing was re-used to support a portion of the roof, helping to reduce total renovation costs by 9%. Two double-deep bays were added in Phase One, allowing the department to remain open throughout construction, an extra advantage that was greatly appreciated by fire district commissioners.
The building’s overall footprint increased 85% to make room for additional equipment and space for personnel. In a business where seconds can mean lives, the fire station’s apparatus bays feature four Raynor TC300 steel sectional overhead doors with heavy-duty Control Hoist™ jackshaft operators for dependable performance. Mitchell specifies Raynor overhead doors exclusively in all of his public safety building projects.
Doors are liberally spaced at 16 feet on center to provide ample room for emergency vehicle traffic as well as maintenance.
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