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  • Location: Dayton, Ohio

B&N was the Designer of Record for the new Fire Crash Rescue Station at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. This $8.7 million, 38,000 SF facility is one of the largest fire stations in the Air Force. It has seven dual-vehicle bays (14 trucks). Seven bays serve the airfield, hangars, and flight line facilities and structures (C-5 mission). The seven remaining bays serve the buildings and grounds of the base. This facility houses the WPAFB 911 center and functions as the Base Fire Marshall administrative headquarters. It is the first response and emergency response center for the base. Its spaces and functions include an apparatus room, fire station supply storage, operation support space, administration space, training, base communications center, living areas, recreation and kitchen and dining areas.

Significant design challenges included design aesthetics and site layout. The Fire Crash Rescue Station is on the flight line adjacent to a historic art deco hangar that is the main passenger terminal. The design complemented the surrounding flight line structures’ forms and echoed the adjacent historic building’s art deco style. A majority of the project site was in a floodplain. The existing site conditions and anti-terrorism force protection considerations required an efficient building footprint. The final design provided an aesthetically significant and highly functional facility that met the government’s emergency response mission.