This facility received a Renovation Notable Award in the 2022 Firehouse Station Design Awards. Find the full list of winners here.
Everman is a small suburb that’s south of Fort Worth. It’s a growing city that needed to upgrade its existing fire station facilities. Budget was a driving factor in this design, and the city elected to remodel its station rather than build a new one. The original station didn’t provide adequate housing for a growing staff nor the office area that was needed to facilitate running the program.
Everman also needed to maximize its storage space around the apparatus bay. The apparatus were getting larger, and space that could accommodate equipment, hoses and extractors was paramount. Furthermore, the movement toward the safety and long-term health of firefighters was taken into account when consideration of the design of the revised station took place.
The first floor of the existing station was converted into a larger conference room and two offices for the lead fire personnel. Two ADA-compliant bathrooms were added to the station to provide adequate facilities for those people who would require it.
One of the challenges that was inherent to the existing station was that there wasn’t a proper entry to the station that was secured. A new main entry that displays trophies and other accolades for the station now allows patrons to enter the station in a controlled environment that is secured with a property-badged entry system and security cameras.
The second floor houses the firefighters and has a common dormitory-style bunk area for six beds and a separate private bunk area for two beds. Kitchen renovations provide the staff with a proper area to feed the team as well as to bond. Separate pantries provide members of each shift with their own lockable storage area. The dayroom was opened up to provide the staff with more usable living space.
Architect/Firm Name: Grossman Design Build