Willow Oak Fire Protection District Fire Station 7
Willow Oak Fire Protection District is a 100-year old volunteer fire department, staffed primarily by local farmers, many of whom are third- and fourth-generation volunteers. As Hilliard Architects discovered, farmers love pre-manufactured steel buildings and the farmer/volunteer firefighters decided on using pre-manufactured steel building parts to build their new station.
Among other design features this 3,864 square foot structure includes:
2 40" x 60 drive-through engine bays with decontamination area, electrical switch gear, storage cabinets, storage loft, air-compressor closet, turn out gear washer dryer, personal clothes washer and dryer, and work benches for equipment maintenance.
2 dorm rooms each with 4 lockers and 3 pull down murphy beds for mixed gender privacy
2 single occupancy rooms bathrooms for mixed gender privacy
Cheif's Office and Public Reception Office
Cost Efficient Strategies:
AIRVAC air filters in the engine bays to remove diesel dust removal
Room layout that reduces building size such as a kitchen eating bar rather than a dining area while still providing all required functions
Use of pre-manufactured building parts in an agricultural area where contractors are familiar with them
Use of solar tubes to bring natural light into the kitchen and dorm room hallway
Use of light-colored roofing to reduce summer cooling requirements
Hilliard Architects is a small technical architecture firm specializing in laboratory and healthcare renovations and access compliance (ADA).