Over the past 25 years fire stations and public safety facilities have grown into a specialty for PWA. In working primarily with the Boone County Fire Protection District, the City of Columbia, Southern Boone County Fire Protection District, Holts Summit Fire Protection District, and the City of Boonville, PWA has developed a sense of what makes emergency service facilities work.
Public Safety Facilities should be:
- Durable, with minimal maintenance
- Easy to use
- The right size for the job
- The right size for the future
Additionally, the public safety facilities should be aesthetically pleasing. They should adhere to the basic elements of architectural design, for example, harmony, balance and rhythm, and respect and blend in with the surrounding environment, including the neighborhood in which the station is located.
“Fire stations should be designed to be functional, durable, with minimal maintenance, easy to use, expandable, flexible, and comfortable.”
– Excerpt from chapter entitled ‘The Fire Station’ co-written by Steve Paulsell, former Fire Chief of the Boone County Fire Protection District, Brad Wright, AIA and Erik Miller, AIA
The new Boone County Emergency Operations facility, to be run by the county and located at the back of the county’s facility property near the county jail and sheriffs annex, joins the forces of the previous city and county EOCs into an integrated facility that will serve the community for decades to come.
Civic/Government, Principal: Erik Miller, Project Manager: Shannen Imsland, Project Architect: Heidi Hyland, Public Safety
The new 12,826 sq. ft. fire station on Rock Hill Road in Jefferson City is a 1 story, 3-1/2-bay Craftsman-style building with two small mezzanines in the apparatus bay for storage.
This 3-bay, 7,900 square foot, LEED Siver certified fire station provides for the comfort of up to 8 firefighters per shift with a kitchen, dining room, living room, firefighter bunk room, men and women bath facilities, officer quarters, laundry room, exercise room, watch room, and a patio.
Civic/Government, Principal: Erik Miller, Project Manager: Shannen Imsland, Renovation/Restoration, Public Safety
In 2007 the Holts Summit Fire Protection District enlisted PWA to develop an addition to and renovate the existing 3,800 square foot structure completed in 1990.
This 7,700 square foot drive-through apparatus station was the beginning of something new for the Columbia Fire Department. A prototype station that meets the current and future needs of the community, Station No. 8 anchors the southeast region of the City of Columbia.
The Lake of the Woods Fire Station, best exemplifies the firm’s philosophy in small Fire Station design. Within it’s 7,654 square feet of enclosed space, you will find all the required functions for a station of this size including four bays for vehicular apparatus.
Midway Fire Station 9 kicked off the expansion of the Boone County Fire District. Completed in the summer of 2001 this station added 4 new apparatus bays and a residential living area that contains 8 sleeping rooms and a community room for use by the fire fighters and the general public.