Our design for Firehouse 55 began by actively engaging both the firefighters—riding with the team on calls; observing their medical skills and how deeply they care about their community; understanding their functional needs—and their neighborhood, by participating in many community meetings to learn their neighbors’ concerns. TVF&R truly considers their members to be part of the neighborhood and stressed that their new station should reflect that.
Insights gathered from these meetings led us to change the upgraded roofing from metal to wood and use colors and siding that matches the residential area. Special exterior lights illuminate the station without shining too brightly, the entire station is fenced for privacy, and the well-worn path to the nearby elementary school remains accessible.
Physically, the existing site sits on a steep slope at the narrowest limit of their firetrucks’ turning radii—which is why most fire stations are sited on big, flat spaces. To overcome this, we worked carefully with landscape architects and civil engineers to design a site that accommodates large firetrucks.
Photovoltaic-ready and featuring solar-heated water, TVF&R’s nearly 10,000 sq. ft. fire station provides 24/7 living quarters for firefighters and EMS. Exterior insulation adds passive warmth; high-end windows add openness and visibility. A community room can be rented and used by the public such as the local neighborhood associations and Boy Scouts’ troops. A bunk house, office, outdoor BBQ area, kitchen, fitness room, lounge, and apparatus bay make Rosemont Station 55 both fully functional and comfortable. We designed a space where firefighters and emergency medical staff can, after their high-stress calls, relax and unwind.