For the City of Mishawaka, DLZ provided professional design services to construct a new 15,000 square foot Fire Station No.4 facility located on a new 8-acre parcel of land. The new station includes an administrative area, fitness room, locker rooms, 18-bed dormitory, day room, kitchen and dining area, and three apparatus bays.
Fire Station No.4 also includes a 60-person multi-purpose training room, which may also be used for other community activities. The form and exterior elevations of the building are based on the functionality of the interior spaces. In addition, they cater to the project’s specific goals and design objectives. The design of the exterior uses simple, traditional forms that create visual interest.
DLZ prioritized durability, cost efficiency, low maintenance, and aesthetic character. Thus, the construction materials chosen served those advantages. In order to maintain aesthetics, DLZ utilized masonry and metal panels on the building’s exterior. However, within the building’s interior you’ll find masonry and gypsum board on metal framing.
The primary focus of the building layout is to meet the needs of the firefighters and the facility’s operations. Hence, the internal circulation is straightforward and provides direct access to the apparatus bay area.