Rincon Fire Station

Tucson, AZ

 

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Rincon Valley Fire District’s Station No. 2 is the new administrative headquarters for a rural fire district located near Tucson, Arizona. The fire district obtained an interesting and challenging parcel adjacent to Interstate-10 with frontage road access.

The chief and district board determined that this station was to be designed for needs beyond twenty years and included capacity for future personnel associated with training, fire prevention, fleet maintenance, and administration. In addition, a training center with divisible meeting rooms was incorporated into the building program. District leadership insisted that this meeting area be organized to allow after hours use by local community organizations.

Major design challenges addressed by the architect included storm water control, noise control, site circulation, building plan organization, comfort, overall durability as well as energy and water conservation.

The architect utilized insulated concrete form wall systems, high efficiency AC units, day-lighting and artificial lighting controls. This strategy helped minimize energy consumption awhile optimizing occupant comfort. This project achieved LEED Silver from the US Green Build Council and will save hundreds-of-thousands of dollars in utilities costs.

Construction cost for this station was comparable to that of non-LEED buildings. Construction was completed within 11 months of breaking ground.