Designed for the Eagan Fire Department, Fire Station #1 replaces two older fire stations in a centralized location with quick access to this portion of the service area. The 16,500 square foot walk-out facility includes five apparatus bays on the lower level. Centrally located off the bays are the turnout gear lockers, decontamination, and support equipment storage, all of which are carefully designed to remove contaminants from the air brought back on vehicles, protective gear and equipment. The remainder of the first floor includes training rooms, offices, dispatch and wellness rooms. The firefighter living quarters including dayroom, kitchen, dining, dorms and laundry are arranged on the upper level between bays separated for air quality and quiet.
CNH Architects designed an exterior building image incorporating a central tower, lighted Maltese cross and clock elements, and a special “thin red line” lighting accent to memorialize all fallen firefighters. The site design includes a curved sign wall facing the main intersection capped by a tall flagpole. The goal was to create a landmark image within the community.
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.
ABLE Burn Building
The A.B.L.E. burn building (named for the communities of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Lakeville, and Eagan) was opened on July 18, 2013. The new training facility is made of concrete and can withstand temperatures up to 1,200 degrees Farenheit. The four-story structure is designed to mimic a variety of buildings and room styles, from a single family home to an apartment building to a commercial property. Proper training is critical for firefighters and first responders. The new building will provide opportunities to learn and practice forced entry, fire suppression, search and rescue, high rise evacuations, ladder rescues, and rooftop operations. The 5,700 square foot facility replaces a more limited 750 square foot building that had served out its useful lifetime, enduring 25 years of scorching heat and abuse.
Roseville Fire Sation
The Roseville Fire Station is a new facility that consolidates three former stations and the fire administration into a single location. This building includes six apparatus bays, office, support functions and dormitories. State of the art training features are designed into the building, allowing fire fighters to do almost all of their recertification training on site. In addition the project focuses on sustainable design principles, providing significant benefits to the occupants, citizens and environment.