Edwards Fire Station #12, Training and Administrative Facility
In 2015 the Eagle River Fire Protection District (ERFPD) explored the opportunity to redevelop their Edwards Campus from a single station into a multi-service campus. In 2016 a $25M bond was approved for two new ERFPD fire stations and a training facility. The bond also enabled ERFPD to obtain the land adjacent to the site, enabling the full vision for the Edwards Campus redevelopment to be realized.
Later that year Eagle River Fire Protection District selected Davis Partnership Architects to design the new 26,266 sf development with Evans Chaffee Construction as the contractor. The campus consists of a 16,835 sf fire station, a 2,381 sf administration facility and a 7,050 sf training facility in Edwards, Colorado.
With a set budget and a restrictive, oddly shaped site, the Eagle River Fire Protection District set out to build a new fire station with administration offices and a training facility. Initially, the client thought it was unlikely all three programs would be feasible given the site and budget, but the design team, contractor, and district leaders explored options to realize the vision of providing a world-class station that included the administrative offices and training facility. By utilizing simple materials, tighter square footage at the station and premanufactured wall panels at the training facility, the whole project was able to be completed ahead of schedule and under budget.[Read More]
The structure is long and narrow due to the site’s shape, so the facade was broken down with volume and material changes. A central spine visually divides the apparatus bay from the functions on the south, yet it is only noticeable from the exterior. This spine also hides all of the rooftop mechanical units and the stair overrun.
The design team worked closely with ERFPD to understand critical flows into and out of the site, not only for the fire station but for the other businesses and Vail Mountain Rescue who share the access and exit to the site. The fire station entry had to maintain the existing site entry off Edwards Village Blvd. and exit onto Highway 6 to maintain a circular flow and fast response time to the community. The temporary station, originally on the site since 1975, was able to function during construction due to deliberate planning. The crew was housed in the Vail Mountain Rescue headquarters next door while the existing station was demolished, and the new station was built. While the administration entry is well defined, the fire station employee entry is discreet to maintain privacy. The parking for admin. is next to that entry and the firefighter parking is opposite the admin. for added public vs private use separation.
Training is key. A three-level training tower is situated at the north end of the site, tucked away from response routes. The fire district uses this facility for an abundance of training options. Some of these elements include: a canyon rescue high change of direction linking the tower and fire station roof, roof davits for rappelling on sides, removable railings for ladder & lift training, a stair tower for training with standpipe for hose hook up, roof hatch and ladder for roof training, over 15,000 sf of hardscape for training & vehicle/apparatus parking.
- Interior Design
- Landscape Architecture
- Public Service