Dunedin Fire Station #61, a 7,600 square foot, 3-bay apparatus, drive-through fire station building, was designed with its users top of mind -- efficiency and ease-of-use were incorporated throughout to ensure the crew would be optimally positioned to serve the community at all times. The new station is located prominently at the edge of the city’s second largest community park, allowing it and its crew to have a stronger and more visible presence within the community.
The single story fire station has an incredibly efficient and simplified open floor plan, eliminating unnecessary corridors and providing immediate access to the apparatus bay from any space within the building. All eight dorm/sleeping rooms & the three single-use bathrooms are connected to a single hallway with direct access to the apparatus bay. The dayroom and eat-in kitchen also have direct access to the bay and were designed to serve double duty individual and large group training areas.
The use of sustainable and durable construction materials, including stained, polished concrete floors, Atlas® Structural Brick walls—with finished faces inside and out, solid surface countertops, and plyboo wood products virtually eliminates typical and routine building maintenance -- including re-painting -- allowing the crew to focus on its job, training and service to the community. Large missile-impact rated glass apparatus bay sectional doors, clerestory glass windows, and storefront window glazing systems used throughout the building provide great visibility and natural day lighting to all essential areas.
In order to create a more convenient living and working space for the crew, several high performance building systems were incorporated into the design, including fully controlled, programmable Diaken air-conditioning systems, which utilize an energy recovery unit to recapture pre-treated air. The apparatus bay is equipped with a MagneGrip Diesel Exhaust Venting System greatly improving air quality within the apparatus bays. The laundry work/bio room features a Milnor gear extractor washing machine. Programmable dorm-room tones for fire and EMS allow gender and use flexibility. Ceiling recessed night red lights in the sleeping room hallway ease vision on late night / early morning calls.
The most unique feature is a fully enclosed glass antique apparatus bay that houses the City’s original Fire Engine, a 1922 American LaFrance engine that serviced the City of Dunedin from 1922 to 1947. At Fire Station #61 it is now on permanent display for viewing 24 hours a day.
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