Fire Station No. 1

Location: San Antonio, Texas
Client: City of San Antonio Fire Department
Completion Date: September 2011
General Contractor: Bartlett Cocke
Project Size: 24,300 SF
Structural Engineer: Jaster Quintanilla
MEP Engineer: CNG, Inc.
Civil Engineer: Vickrey & Associates
Landscape Architect: Bender Wells Clark Design
Cost Estimating: Project Cost Resources

Building a palette is from the surrounding neigh­borhood of warehouses and small residential structures the new Fire Station, Number 1, houses two divisions of the San Antonio Fire Department. Included in this station are 5 apparatus bays, including a dedicated EMS bay.  The ground level includes offices and administrative space, as well as house living areas such as a kitchen and a day room. The majority of living quarters are located on the second level, as well as a fitness room.  Directly adjacent to the south of the apparatus bays is an Operations Com­mand Headquarters. This includes additional administrative offices, sleeping quarters, a training room, and two vehicle bays.

The massing of the building emphasizes each component of the building, making the scale more appropriate for its neighbors across the street. Stepped roofs reflect the functional division within while allowing light through clerestories into these interior spaces all tied together by a gabled pre-finished metal roof throughout. The exterior facade is composed of a pre-finished metal panel system featuring fire engine red colors, with decorative glazed brick features on all major street facing elevations.