Rejuvenating a deserted training site, this new fire station for the City of Columbus was designed as the gateway to the south side of the city. Its iconic tower, reminiscent of a historic hose dryer tower, features backlit red panels and the Division of Fire logo as it looks over the community. One of the busiest stations in the city, this firehouse not only accommodates Station No. 3, but also the dive team, and a bomb squad unit with canine support. The building achieved LEED® Gold Certification from the USGBC with many sustainable features include lots of natural light and energy efficiency.
Housing many different functions, an efficient use of space was imperative. To create an effective flow on the main floor, the common areas were positioned in the center of the building with the sleeping and work spaces flanking the center volume. This leverages the building’s design to limit cross traffic during an emergency call to duty.