Steel building for Fire Station, need input.
I ran a search on steel buildings as Fire Stations and came up dry, so please excuse me if this has been discussed here before.
My company is currently looking into a building addition to our station and steel is in the running. Our present station is from 1946 with a 1972 addition, all masonry construction (stone, block, brick). We are looking into our options for a new Engine room addition and a connecting section to tie into the exsisting building. At this time we have not decided if the new Engine room will have a second story to it or not, several factors are involved in that part of the decision.
My question to this forum is; Does anyone have any input based on first hand expieriences with steel fire stations. Good or bad, all info is welcome. We would be looking at buildings in the mid-high end of the steel market, with a masonry base wall of between 4 and 8 feet high. The planned Engine room is 4 bays wide, double deep with a drive through type floor plan approx. 80' x 100'.
Do you operate from a steel station?
How is the build quality?
How old is your station and how is it holding up over time?
Any problems?, regrets?, things that you would change if done over?
Does anyone have a 2 story steel building? We don't have any in the area to check out first hand.
Thank you for any and all input.