State-of-the-art firefighting headquarters and training facility
In collaboration with CNH Architects as the lead, VAA joined Damon Farber and EDI to develop a new 35,000 SF fire station next to city hall and the police department in the City of Roseville. On the former site of fire station #1, the new facility consolidates all three of the city’s fire stations into one modern and home-like station with on-site vehicle storage and training amenities.
VAA brought practical and cost-effective solutions to the discussion of a new facility design for a well-established urban location. This included drive-through access, storage and maintenance of all city fire trucks and related vehicles and access to hose lines and ladders. VAA also addressed the need for a home-like setting for on-duty personnel such as a large, commercial grade kitchen, great room and multimedia center and 975 SF patio and grilling area.
To maintain their certification, fire fighters need to pass 12 skill stations; 11 of the skill stations have been seamlessly integrated into training features at the site. Team collaboration during design was needed to successfully incorporate the training amenities into the building. Two stair towers for the building were modified to integrate indoor and outdoor rappelling activities as well as wet and dry hose line training. Windows were added to the towers to allow window access and ladder truck training. At the interior of the building, a mezzanine area offers firefighters a chance to simulate rescues in confined areas, in multi-story access scenarios and in dark and/or smoke filled environments. VAA contributed civil and structural engineering expertise to support training functionality and safety.
To address the city’s sustainability requirements, an on-site dry pond was converted to a filtration basin to meet watershed district guidelines, and a geothermal system recaptured heat for the facility from the nearby Roseville Skating Center’s ice skating oval. Other sustainable solutions included LED and natural lighting, pervious bituminous paving and a rain garden.
VAA’s knowledge of design, structural and civil engineering supported the urban planning vision of the City of Roseville. The station allows firefighters to work comfortably and complete nearly all of their recertification training on site. It is also a model of sustainable design for residents. The lead architect has since hired VAA for other fire station projects throughout Minnesota.