Fire Station No. 49 and Maury Maverick Library

Location: San Antonio, Texas
Client: City of San Antonio
Completion Date: February 2006
General Contractor: Wallace Boldt
Project Size: Fire Station 9,500 SF Library :: 15,000 SF
Structural Engineer: Jaster Quintanilla
MEP Engineer: Barron Engineering
Civil Engineer: Slay Engineering
Landscape Architect: Lafoon Associates
Cost Estimating: Project Cost Resources
Recognition / Awards / Publication: 2007 AIA San Antonio, Mayor's Choice Award, 'In Recognition of Outstanding Architectural Design and Achievement'

The design makes these two civic facilities compatible in image while maintaining their autonomy of function and identity. The placement of the Fire Station Apparatus room is to allow safe views when trucks are exiting the Station. The Library, on the other hand, is located to take best advantage of the major landscape feature of the site, a grove of large trees in the northwest corner. Parking for the library is located in the rear of the project, diminish­ing its impact from the street and park adjacent.

Each facility has a large pylon element that acts as a gateway to the complex and to announce the two facilities with signage and identification.  On the west facing elevation Alamo Architects worked with local artist Henry Rayburn to develop a special treatment for this façade incorporating a playful li­brary sign and an intricate perforated metal screen with an overlay of shading and patterns.