Rochester Fire Station No. 2

The Rochester Fire Department’s Station No. 2 was too small and no longer appropriately located. It needed new, up-to-date facilities that would also allow for future growth. After studying the issues and researching the latest design trends, the Rochester Fire Department conducted a national search for a design team. They selected BKV Group, who teamed with local firm Kane Johnson Architects and civil engineers McGhie Betts. The project is currently under construction.

While large, the selected site is complicated by dramatic topography and access issues off a county-controlled street. The city plans to sell the remainder of the property to retail developers, so BKV Group conducted initial master-planning work to define a street bisecting the property, with the fire station taking the steepest and most complicated parcel, which will enable a walk-out basement.

The program also includes a new Emergency Operations Center (which will be available as a large conferencing area for city staff) and a backup regional dispatch center, which both need to be protected from external threats.