Projects Architecture

South Bend Fire Department Central Station

South Bend, Indiana

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 housed in the Municipal Services Facility along with the South Bend Police Department and Street Department.

After performing a complete Program Analysis of the Fire and Police Departments, it was determined that a new Fire Department Headquarters and Central Fire Station would be relocated in a new facility to 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, is configured on three levels and divided within four distinctive zones: 1) apparatus bay and support spaces, 2) administration area, 3) training, 4) fire fighters 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 is 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


Project Features

  • Administration Area
  • Apparatus Bay
  • Fire Fighters Living Quarters
  • Training Area