The Fire House is located on Main Street, so although the structure meets 200+ mps wind and blast-resistance criteria, the design responds to the downtown scale with a civic presence. Materials include an armored masonry shell with brick facade, blast-resistant glazing, and a concrete roof deck plus waterproof membrane. These features contribute to the “hardened” envelope that keep people safe in a hurricane.
It’s a gorgeous space, an art gallery for trucks.
Massing, scale, proportions, setbacks, and locally-made brick link the new structure to the historic past. In order for the Fire House to be self-sufficient it has sustainability features including a potable water cistern, rainwater harvesting to fill trucks, emergency power generator, and an energy-efficient ground-source heat exchange system.
Program: 4 apparatus bays, 8 bunkrooms, administrative offices, classroom training, city emergency
operations center, hardened to FEMA 361. Self-sufficiency required for 48 hours.
AIA Mississippi Citation Award, 2010
Brick in Architecture, Civic Category Bronze Award, 2012
unabridged Architecture, Architect
Baldauf-Herrin, Structural Engineer
Mazzetti, MEP Engineer
J. Chiniche, Civil Engineer