This facility received a Career 2 Notable Award in the 2022 Firehouse Station Design Awards. Find the full list of winners here.
Cypress Creek Fire Department Fire Station No. 25 was built in response to the growth of the southern part of Harris County Emergency Services District 13, which in the past few years has seen the addition of multiple residential neighborhoods as well as many commercial buildings, such as restaurants and a hotel. The area desperately needed a new station that was closer to the southern part of the district to respond faster on emergency calls. The station also had to provide a low-maintenance exterior as well as room for two or three shifts of responders to be able to stay at the station at the same time in case of an emergency.
In response to these requirements, the exterior of the building was designed as a simple rectangle and to include a single shed roof. Moreover, multiple different colors of brick veneer were added to the exterior to provide for dimensionality design.
For the functional requirements, it was ensured that there were 12 dormitories, two of which being for the fire and EMS captains. Additionally, four pantries, one for each of the three fire shifts and one for the EMS shift, were provided, in an attempt to make the members’ lives much easier while working different shifts.
The addition of the open-concept kitchen/dining/lounge area helped to increase the camaraderie of the staff in the main living area.
In the end, a building was design carefully to check off each of the client’s requirements, to add to the community and to exceed all expectations.
Architect/Firm Name: Joby Copley, AIA/Joiner Architects