Public Safety Facility Design

Fire truck at Fire Station No. 8, a public safety facility in Columbia, Missouri.

Fire truck at Columbia Fire Station No. 8.

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:

  • Functional
  • Durable, with minimal maintenance
  • Easy to use
  • The right size for the job
  • The right size for the future
  • Expandable
  • Flexible

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