Ft. Myers Fire Administration Building
AIA Award of Merit

Ft. Myers Fire Administration Building

by Architects Design Group

Fire Station One is a 33,000 sf building situated within a thriving coastal urban center in Southwest Florida. With a half mile radius service area, the site is well positioned to ensure short emergency response times to downtown and surrounding areas. The design’s relationship to the immediate context has a civic presence along Jackson St. that interfaces directly with the urban fabric.

A Civic Plaza becomes a transition between the exterior scale of the urban fabric and that of the interior public space. This threshold displays the Community Meeting Room and provides access to the Fire Station Entry Lobby. The transparent public stair at the northwest corner serves as a visual and systematic anchor that formally connects the program elements.

The fire station maximizes glazing opportunities at the public face of the structure, while protecting openings with roof overhangs, vertical fins and horizontal sunshade devices. These elements block direct solar heat gain emitted by direct sunlight, allowing reflected and ambient light to fill the interior spaces. Interior glazing enables borrowed light to brighten the corridor and increase the project’s quality of space.

Jury Comments:
Subtle reference to the traditional referent for a firehouse categorization. Subtle reference to the tradition, elegantly done. It doesn’t grab you as a typical fire station. It’s very urbanistic.