Lino Lakes Fire Station
CNH Architects worked closely with the City of Lino Lakes to locate and then build a new fire station. The first step was an in-depth study to determine and evaluate potential sites. The review included drive time analysis, apparatus access and safety, site constructability and the comparative total project cost at each site. CNH Architects then led extensive discussions with the City’s design committee to review operational approaches, apparatus needs, on-site training options, and firefighter social activities as well as support space needs, from which a detailed space needs assessment was developed.
The new 13,000 sf fire station has 3 double deep drive through apparatus bays. Other spaces include offices, classroom/EOC, dayroom, kitchen and apparatus support spaces. Extensive training features were designed into the facility, including ladder rescue, floor breach, confined space rescue, search and rescue with cold smoke and maze, wet training tower with standpipe, and interior/exterior rappelling options. Durable and attractive materials such as brick, decorative cast concrete masonry units, and high performance coatings were used inside and out. The high-efficiency boiler, infloor heat, daylighting, highly insulated envelope, low VOC materials and coatings, and LED lighting throughout are significant sustainable design features that will save operational costs and add comfort to the facility.