Tucson Fire Department Stations #20 & #21

Client: Tucson Fire Department
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Size: 10,341 SF
Notable Design Award - Career Category - Fire Chief's Station Style Design Competition.

WSM Architects was selected to update and improve the City Fire Station Prototype. Adaptations were needed to ensure that the prototype design and layout functions provided the optimal solution for the proposed sites. Both stations were completed simultaneously. Driveways, apparatus circulation, lights, noise and traffic safety, along with consideration for adjacent residential and commercial properties were part of a thorough site analysis. The building design takes into account the solar exposures on building components and views individual to each location. The design includes a watch room, multi-use lounge, dormitory, study room, workout room, storage, apparatus room, and laundry areas. The projects were designed as a prototype to save time and money and constructed at the same time by one Construction Manager. The project had a tight budget and so it was important to maximize the use of durable materials and standard construction methods. To fit into the residential and commercial neighborhoods, the scale of the building is broken down by using sloped roofs and porches. Throughout the process WSM worked closely with the CM, Sundt Construction and the Owner to make sure the project stayed on budget.