The City of Madison constructed this new 12,700 square foot fire station to better serve the needs of the expanding Northeast side of Madison, Wisconsin. The new fire station contains living space for ten firefighters as well as two office spaces for officers. It has a full kitchen and dining area, laundry, exercise room and a rest and relaxation room. Police and EMS personnel also have separate support spaces for their use. A room in the station is available to the surrounding community for functions outside of the fire department, and includes teleconferencing capabilities.
As with most civic and government projects, this is a “green building” in both design and construction, focusing on energy conservation, environmental preservation and the occupants' overall health. The fire station has a highly efficient heating and cooling system with a well-insulated exterior. PRA also recycled construction waste and used products with recycled content. Natural sunlight is brought in with large windows in the living quarters and clerestory windows in the apparatus bay. Air recyclers circulate the air hroughout the building. The use of low gas-emitting materials in all building components keeps indoor air quality at a high level.