Fire stations designs change

  • Thursday, May 9, 2013

Provided -- A design of Station 3. --


The architect designing Goose Creek’s two new fire stations brought back new designs to a Goose Creek City Council workshop April 24.
Cost projections were presented. The headquarters building is estimated to cost $8.9 million and Station 3 is expected to cost $3.3 million for a total of $11.5 million for both.
The designs to the new headquarters building changed slightly while designs to Station 3 changed more drastically from earlier plans presented at a January workshop.
The Station 3 building has been moved further back from the road, Paulette Myers of Thomas and Denzinger Architects said. Station 3 will be located off Old Mt. Holly Road near St. James Avenue.
The design has been changed from 12,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet, Myers said. There are three sleeping areas in the bunkroom. The station is also set to have a translucent wall panel material above the two bay doors.
One of the biggest changes to the Station 3 design is the main entrance, which looks almost like two tall buildings next to each other, according to Mayor Michael Heitzler.
“Why do you want the exterior to reflect the interior?” Heitzler asked. “It’s a little troubling to me.”
“In modern architecture form follows function,” Hermann Denzinger said. “I wanted to make a division between the living area and storage to be obvious.”
“I think it’s simple and elegant,” Councilmember Franklin Moore said.
“This reminds me of city block houses,” Heitzler said. “It doesn’t make sense to me.”
Councilmember John McCants asked if the bay area is a straight shot through. Myers said yes, adding that the bay size has been reduced from 84 feet to 72 feet long.
“You don’t have a ladder truck here,” Denzinger said. “There’s enough space for two pumpers.”
“At this time there are no plans for a ladder truck there but one would fit,” Goose Creek Fire Chief Steve Chapman said.
“We could make an alternate drawing of one big fašade to disguise the appearance of two buildings,” Denzinger said.
Heitzler said the two roofs gives the building a “two-ness.”
“We have all the elements the fire department is looking for in this building,” Chapman said. “I’m completely comfortable with its functionality . . . I like everything they do. I do understand it looks like a simpler building. I liked the first design, I like this one.”
The cost of buildings does not include furniture.
“We have experience building in this city,” Heitzler said. “We need a truck, we need some furniture . . . I’m going to leave that to staff to work out.
“I want to make sure we’re considering all of these things. We’re here tonight to brainstorm.”
Myers said the architecture firm still needs construction contingency estimates. She said currently there is no sewage available for Station 3 but Thomas and Denzinger Architects is working that out with Berkeley County.

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