FRONT ELEVATION FACING WELO STREET
The Tioga Fire Department was designed to be a durable and aesthetically pleasing facility to add to the vibrancy of downtown Tioga. Exterior walls are all precast concrete construction with variations in material, accomplished with in-laid brick and alternative finishes.
CONCRETE FOUNDATION WORK
Critical to every building is the foundation on which it's laid. Foundations for the project were set on rammed aggregate piers to deal with unsuitable soil conditions. Strip footings and foundation walls to below the frost line provide the solid foundation for this critical emergency service facility.
PIPE BOLLARD PROTECTION
Any client's investment in a new building project requires protection of that investment - a very simple way of doing that is pipe bollards set at the corner of each overhead door to prevent vehicles from accidentally running into the corners of the opening. These can be provided in colors to compliment the scheme of the building, as they were here.
WELL-LIT GARAGE SPACE
Whether inspecting, maintaining, cleaning, or loading vehicles, well lit spaces are crucial. Additionally, the bright clean look of the space improves productivity and care of the facility. In the background, windows up high on the wall allow natural light into the space.
INTERIOR VEHICLE WASH DOWN BAY
Keeping emergency vehicles clean and in good working order is essential. and one way to facilitate that is by providing a flexible wash bay within the facility. A separate curtain on a track allows staff to close off the bay to prevent splashing and debris into the next bay and can be opened back up when not in use so that bay can serve other purposes.
INTERIOR VIEW OF OVERHEAD DOORS
Overhead doors in an emergency service facility are critical - response time can be the difference maker in an emergency. Here we provided well-insulated commercial grad overhead doors with integral windows for safety, as well as additional light.
PAINTED CEILINGS AND SERVICE REELS
The painted ceiling allows this space to maintain a bright and airy feel. Additionally, service reels provide power to each vehicle.
TRAINING ROOM SPACE
Training rooms are crucial to keeping staff up to date on their training and providing them with the information they need to be successful in an emergency situation. Flexible seating and tables allow this space to be configured in many different ways and operable windows allow natural light into the space, as well as provide natural ventilation when desired.
FULL RESIDENTIAL-STYLE KITCHEN
Residential style appliances and cabinets allow for meals to be made on-site for on-call staff, as well as for meetings.
tioga ambulance building
The new Tioga Ambulance facility is located directly across the street from the existing fire hall. The 10,100 sq ft precast concrete building includes a training room, serving kitchen, and offices. It also contains a drive-through wash bay as well as oversized ambulance bays which will provide for the potential use of oversized ambulances, water trucks, extra ambulances, and multiple disaster pods. A backup generator system is in place to power the entire building in the case of power outages and LED lighting throughout the building is being used to guarantee long term cost savings on energy and maintenance. Heated floors in the bays will help to dry the floors or vehicles and unit heaters will help for fast temperature recovery.
On the exterior, precast walls were designed with colored and textured concrete with an accenting band of contrasting brick veneer. All of the ambulance bay doors and the main entrance are crowned with brick arches and keystones, echoing the most traditional fire hall designs with a modern streamlined look. Clerestory windows on the back wall of the ambulance bays provide ample daylight for the bays in a secure fashion. The precast concrete T roof system adds a durable fire and storm protective covering to the facility as well. The appealing building façade created with low maintenance finishes has generated a stream of positive stakeholder feedback.
The project was constructed in 2017.
This project was the ACEC North Dakota 2017 Building/Technology Systems Award recipient.