City of Albuquerque
Fire Station 9
Fire Station 9 provides living quarters for 12 firefighters, apparatus bays for emergency vehicles, and offers a community room for public use. The exterior is brick veneer in keeping with the stately firehouse vernacular. ICF forms, a solar domestic water heating system, and solar window shading devices, coupled with site orientation, a low velocity displacement HVAC system and a modern building envelope all contribute to sizeable energy savings and user health.
High performance glazing is used with moderate opening sizes-all taking advantage of the ICF and masonry’s thermal stability. Careful attention was given to the acoustics, gang restrooms and showers are clad in tough porcelain tile and heavy duty wear surfacing for low maintenance. Polished concrete flooring, impact resistant walls in corridors and exposed masonry in the app bays all add to the durability.