Like with Fire Station #4, the City of Springfield decided to build its first new fire stations in years. This fire station will contain gender-neutral facilities, lactation rooms, appropriate decontamination spaces, separate contaminated and clean zones, and physical conditioning spaces.
A Thorough Pre-Design Process
Fire Station #13 is located on Route 66 down the street from one of the City’s first fire stations. The tight site accommodates a two-bay drive-through fire station with living quarters and bunk rooms above the bays. Two fire poles speed response, a roof patio over the support spaces, and a new tower pays homage to the former College Avenue Station.
Originally developed as a two-story station to fit on a narrow site, a drastic local increase in construction costs forced the redesign of Station 4 as a single-story scheme, thus affecting the design of Station 13. The resulting design narrowed the apparatus bays slightly and moved closer to the neighboring property to the north, but bid within the City’s budget. The two-bay design uses brick and cast stone for longevity and includes a taller parapet at the public entry to aid wayfinding for the public. The Station will be LEED Silver in compliance with City statute.