05/10/12 140 W, 1 I - + 5 - 3 Charleston Building Their Largest Fire Station Ever


Check out this monster fire station that Charleston's getting ready to build. New Station 9 at King and Heriot streets. Five bays, with the department's headquarters on the second floor. It replaces an existing station at the same location, though that building (and a much smaller facility) is closed because of mold problems. The $5.5 million, 19,500 square-foot building was designed by Rosenblum Coe Architects. It'll house Engine 9 plus the haz-mat team. It also has space to accommodate one of the four downtown engine companies, which will be needed on a temporary basis, as the city works to retrofit its older stations for earthquake protection (!).  See this Post & Courier story for more information. See pictures of Charleston's historic stations, photographed by Legeros in 2007. 
 





Funny you should say this is q ‘large’ station, whenever I see a video on Youtube from 911rescue I’m always amazed by the size of the stations in Germany.
Take this video for example -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=iGBQyEk916s
Paul - 05/10/12 - 10:15

I have always heard that German cities and towns build monster fire stations, but they don’t have similar scattering’s of medium-sized stations. Everything is consolidated, versus spread across multiple facilities, like in our country.
Legeros - 05/10/12 - 10:26

OK, I figured you’d either know or be able to find an answer :-)
paul - 05/10/12 - 11:08

Looks nice. I’ve always loved the stations/houses that have bays on multiple sides. Growing up near Fall River, MA I always loved the Fall River Bedford St. HQ (http://massfiretrucks.com/Fall_River_Station_1.jpg) – it had 4 bays on the front and 3-4 along the West facing side.
Trevor James (Email) (Web Site) - 05/10/12 - 12:31

Addtional drawings, etc. here

http://www.fierofirestation.com/awards_2..

This was a very difficult site to work with.
harkey (Email) - 05/10/12 - 14:25

Jeff, do southeastern urban fire stations match those around the country? Or are there trends in our region that are unique to the south or the Carolina’s?
Legeros - 05/10/12 - 14:31



  
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