South Bend Fire Department Headquarters and Central Fire Station

DLZ provided survey, architectural, and engineering design services for the New Fire Department Headquarters and Central Fire Station. The previous Fire Department Headquarters and Central Fire Station were inside the Municipal Services Facility along with the South Bend Police Department and Street Department.

A complete Program Analysis determined the relocation of the Fire Department Headquarters and Central Fire Station to a new facility. A new facility would allow for the renovation and expansion of the Police Department Headquarters and Training Facility.

This project included approximately 56,878 gross square feet of new construction and is configured on three levels. It consists of four distinctive zones:

  1.  Apparatus bay and support spaces
  2. Administration area
  3. Training
  4. Firefighters living quarters

Each area is distinct to achieve its own functional requirements, though the overall facility provides a uniform aesthetic.

The form and massing of the building are responsive to the function of the interior spaces and context of the adjacent Ivy Tech College campus. The exterior is constructed with masonry and glazed curtain wall systems to express simple, traditional forms and to create visual interest and harmony with the surrounding setting.

The apparatus bay approach apron is clearly visible from on-coming traffic along Michigan Street, while the Administrative entry is located along the north building face to create a public and inviting entry.



Fire Chief Station Style Awards – Notable Design





Local and State Governments, Public Safety


South Bend, Indiana