DLZ provided professional services for the new Franklin County Fire Station located in Frankfort, Kentucky. The work included the development of program documents and a preliminary budget. Upon approval, DLZ provided traditional design services from preliminary design through construction document development. During the permitting and bidding portions of the project, DLZ assisted in obtaining construction permits and soliciting bids for the construction work. DLZ also provided construction observation and contract administration services.
Construction Design Plan for the Fire Station
The fire station has 4 apparatus bays, which DLZ configured to allow drive-through entrances and exits. Additionally, there is a tool and equipment storage bay. The design of the last bay of the apparatus/tool area allowed for future addition of another bay. Accompanying the apparatus bays are administrative offices and dormitory residences for the firefighters. DLZ designed these to allow for future expansion.
As part of early value engineering by the Owner and DLZ, it was determined the building should be constructed as a pre-engineered metal structure, with exterior finishes to harmonize with the neighborhood. Lower portions of the building are covered in brick masonry.
The initial program requirement established for the floor space of the building was 10,500 SF. However, the design of the construction documents contained additive alternates for the Owners’ selection, subject to available funds. The final building size was 11,509 SF. There was an unfinished mechanical mezzanine located above the administration areas. This unoccupied equipment mezzanine allowed for the maximum occupied usable space in the building. DLZ incorporated energy-efficient mechanical and electrical systems into the design. We opted for the low energy using LED lighting fixtures for both the interior and exterior lighting systems. A pre-tempering outside air intake and circulating return air system helps reduce energy use for the administrative and residential portions of the Franklin County Fire Station.