This facility received a Mixed-Use Bronze Award in Firehouse's 2019 Station Design Awards. Find the full list of winners here.
On a high-visibility site along a heavily-traveled road and adjacent to the wooded trails of Rice Creek, stands the recently completed Fridley Public Safety facility, City Hall, and Public Works.
The design responds to its urban and natural surroundings with a palette of stone, brick, metal, wood, and glass. Brick and metal volumes define the site’s urban boundaries on the north and west while the south and east facades are glassy and broken into smaller elements to respond to a plaza, water feature, and wooded landscape beyond. The civic buildings will be a central feature in a larger project that includes urban-scale multifamily and senior developments.
The Public Safety Department is located across the main lobby from the City Hall functions. A smaller sub-lobby serves Fire and Police office areas. Restrooms and small conference (soft interview) spaces are shared while coffee alcoves and copy rooms, where sensitive information might be printed, are separate. All personnel spaces, including administration, records, investigations, and patrol spaces are located on the first floor.
There are dual three-bay drive-through apparatus rooms. In between is the watch room and other apparatus bay support spaces. Above the support functions is a large room for mazes and props to provide on-site training opportunities.
The lower level is dedicated to Police and contains a squad garage, a small holding area, evidence processing and storage, and a five-lane firing range.
The second floor contains the fire station kitchen, dining area, dayroom, lockers and showers, and bunk rooms for the duty crews. Two stairs are available for response and a fire pole provides direct access to the apparatus bays. Past the secure fire station perimeter lies a fitness room available to all City employees and a shared training room also used as an EOC.
Architect/Firm Name: BKV Group.