"Surrounded by residential development and a protected preserve, the 5-acre site for a new fire station was designed to establish a civic and community presence in the southeastern part of the County. The location, along a major thoroughfare in Estero, allows the Fire District to meet an increased demand and provide efficient response time. Inspired by local ecology and wildlife, a wrap-around porch surrounds the metal building creating aesthetic features and elements that fit within the community, while being utilitarian, easy to maintain and flexible for the future.
Upon arrival from the main entrance to the front porch, the building skin is the first noticeable element. It mimics the nearby forest and contrasts the industrial metal building to soften the exterior envelope. A biodiversity garden combines environmental conservation, education and a place of remembrance for fallen comrades. The community is brought in through the garden and a multi-purpose training room that can be used for events and meetings.
The fire station is a second home for firefighters. The design responded with comfortable amenities that can be enjoyed between calls and create a spirit of community among the crew. The heart of the station is the open kitchen filled with natural daylight and glazing to ignite feelings of home and reconnect back to nature through its picturesque views. Adjacent to the kitchen and dayroom is the back lanai and porch with space and seating to collaborate and socialize. Other amenities include a fitness area, bunk rooms equipped for 3 rotating shifts and an outdoor fitness trail.
Functionally, the fire station is equipped with 5 apparatus bays for fire and EMS response. A focus on health and safety influenced separate decontamination zones. Also on site is a logistics warehouse and training tower that simulates real-world training scenarios to further the crew’s training and skills."
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