"Dunedin Fire Station 61, a 7,500 square foot, 3-bay Green Globes Certified fire station was designed with its users top of mind - efficiency and ease-of-use were incorporated throughout. The use of sustainable and durable construction materials includes locally manufactured structural Clay brick units that make up most of the building enclosure. This eliminates typical routine building maintenance like re-painting ensuring the crew is optimally positioned to focus on its job, training and servicing the community at all times.
The new station is located prominently at the edge of the city’s second largest community park, Highlander Park and Aquatics Complex, allowing it and its crew to have a stronger and more visible presence within the community. The 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, cutting down response times. All eight dorm/sleeping rooms & the three single-use bathrooms are connected to a single hallway with direct access to the apparatus bay. The day room and eat-in kitchen also have direct access to the bay and were designed to serve double duty for individual and large group training areas.
The building scale and materiality seamlessly blend with the site. The height of each volume – cluster of dorms, apparatus bay, and day room is dictated by the functionality of each specific program, making it visually cohesive and cost efficient. All elements contribute to this Station’s timeless curb appeal. The most unique feature of the station is the fully enclosed glass antique bay that houses the City’s original fire engine - a 1922 American LaFrance engine that serviced the City from 1922 to 1947. This permanent display is visible at all hours of the day and represents a special part of history, the town and its community."
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