"This bold and contemporary design solution created a new identity for this blighted area. The design established the architectural standard and vernacular for future City projects including private development. It also launched the City’s engagement and mandate to incorporate a Community Benefit Plan as part of new developments to give back to the local community in a variety of ways from local vendor participation to mentoring programs. The plan presented and implemented by Currie Sowards Aguila Architects focused on a mentoring and internship program for local, middle, high school and college students. Students were recruited through the public S.T.E.M. program and were provided mentoring and internship opportunities based on their interest in design. The program was showcased in 2014 at the Florida Redevelopment Association conference. The presentation was titled, Measuring the Community Benefit Initiative and featured the Hallandale Beach Case Study and a similar program the firm managed for the Uptown Atlantic project with the City of Delray Beach.
Located in the heart of the City’s Community Redevelopment Area, the building program includes a 25,000 SF, three-story complex with an emergency operations center, four apparatus bays and living quarters for up to 16 firefighters. In addition to on-duty fire rescue staff, the building hosts the City’s Fire Prevention Bureau including office space for fire inspectors, plans review and public education. The complex serves the needs of the City’s fire rescue administrative headquarters, as well as emergency operations and the department’s meeting space needs."
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