"Project: Etown Fire Station 74
• Owner: City of Jacksonville
• Completion Date: 2022 June
• Area: 9,500 sf
Etown is a master-planned community located in Jacksonville's lively south side, designed to appeal to a young and dynamic demographic with a preference for energetic, modern architecture. The Parc Group, the community's developer, enlisted Dasher Hurst Architects & Auld & White Constructors to build a new fire station that reflected the unique character of the neighborhood, rather than the typical city prototype.
The 9,500-square-foot fire station boasts a contemporary design that is both practical and artistic. The floor plan is based on the standard prototypical plan, but with modifications that allow for a more expressive approach. Three state-of-the-art apparatus bays, equipped with cutting-edge four-fold doors, provide quick access for firefighters, while also reducing maintenance costs. The building's materials are conventional yet durable, including split-faced CMU, stucco, and aluminum storefronts, all chosen for their low-maintenance qualities, essential for a public safety building maintained by firefighters.
The fire station's impact on the Etown community has been significant, serving as a vital center of safety and security, providing unparalleled protection and peace of mind for residents. Its striking architecture serves as a symbol of the community's entrepreneurial spirit, enhancing its appeal to the young and dynamic demographic it was designed for. The building's LEED Certified design, with energy-saving features and a focus on sustainability, is consistent with the goals of the neighborhood and ensures the building will operate efficiently.
Overall, the Etown fire station is an outstanding example of contemporary design and its successful integration into a community's unique character. It stands out not only for its innovative features and practicality but also for its artistic expression and symbolism, a testament to the skill and creativity of Dasher Hurst Architects and the Auld & White Constructors."
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