Showcases City of Charlottesville, Fontaine Avenue Fire Station.

Fire Chief Magazine recently highlighted the City of Charlottesville, Fontaine Avenue Station and Training Center No. 10 ,completed in October 2013. The station is a 40,000 sf facility located on a parcel approximately one acre in size, and bisected by a 30’ deep ravine. In order to accommodate the department’s need for four bi-directional bays the building was placed directly over the ravine and below-grade parking for 33 vehicles was developed to respond to the contours. The building entry is a two-story glass enclosure, within which is displayed an artifact from the North Tower of the World Trade Center. A tall brick wall orders the angled geometry of the street against that of the bays. The user passes through the wall into the secure portion of the station; on the second floor it forms the backdrop for two exterior roof terraces. Sleeping accommodations for 14 paid personnel and 6 volunteers are provided on the second floor, along with a Training Room/EOC for 40.
Designed to achieve a LEED Platinum rating, the facility incorporates a rain water harvesting cistern for grey water use, photovoltaic panels, low SRI roofing and pavement, sun tunnels, native plant species, high-efficiency HVAC systems including standing column geothermal wells, and regional materials with recycled content.