With the health of fire fighters and first responders, the safety of citizens, and community tax dollars all at stake, DELV dove straight into uncovering and defining the key elements that would ensure this new building’s vitality for decades to come. Station 91 had to pull double duty, functioning as both full firehouse and an administrative headquarters—functions that at times seemed at odds.
To understand their unique needs we visited on multiple occasions and observed at various shifts, interviewing and gathering direct insight from both firefighters and administrative staff. DELV led the department leadership through a series of workshops to uncover programmatic needs and establish a project vision. From this, clear, driving project themes emerged, aligning stakeholders and becoming the filter for all design direction and decision making. The new 31,000 SF facility design promotes expeditious response times, long term health (physical and mental), and civic engagement.