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Fire department plans to renovate old station

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 10:23

A New York fire station was recently renovated to include the latest in sustainable design and high-end technology. The Fire Chief reports that the 70-year-old structure has been transformed into a state-of-the-art headquarters.
"Incorporating a 70-year-old existing facility into a new state-of-the-art fire station is never an off-the-shelf, straight-forward endeavor, particularly on a 1-acre site," said architect David Pacheco of Pacheco Ross Architects, PC, according to the news source. "The challenge was to find the sweet spot of functionality, aesthetic, sustainability, demolition, conservation and creation." 
In 2010, the department went to the community to receive support for a bond referendum that would allow the renovation of the station. Included in the transformation of the station was a new bay apparatus, administrative and support offices, training rooms and living areas, reports the Fire Chief. 
To increase the operational efficiency of the fire station, an architect was hired to focus on installing sustainable technologies. Light emitting diodes (LED) bulbs were installed throughout the building with a lighting management system and zone controls. In addition, a radiant floor heating solution was included in the design and paired with high levels of insulation and a tankless boiler. The heating system has allowed the department to reduce operational expenses and relieve some of the budget pressure on the town. 
A radiant floor heating solution is one of the most energy-efficient utility options available on the market. Because of how effectively the system monitors and keeps temperatures consistent, the department remains comfortable without wasting energy. Radiant floor heating can quickly fill a space with heat is warmth escapes from an exit like a bay door, which is why it is an ideal solution for facilities like fire stations.