Signal Mountain, Tennessee
The mission for the project was to design a functional 21st Century Fire Station while capturing the essence of the town’s original fire hall and fitting into the Town’s architectural aesthetic. In fact, the front elevation recalls architecturally the no longer existing fire hall which was built in the early 20th Century.
The new facility was zoned into three areas. The front of the building was Administrative, Training and the large multipurpose community room which could be used for neighborhood meetings. The Central part of the footprint houses the apparatus bay and related shop and storage areas. The rear part of the footprint houses the Residential areas which contain sleeping rooms, toilets, lockers, Kitchen and day room. There are rear views that take advantage of the beautiful topography and include views from bedrooms, day room, and kitchen areas.
Architecturally the front fenestration recalls the earlier historic fire station that had been lost decades earlier. The community room glass was designed to recall the location of the garage doors for the earlier fire station. The front porch, the original brick gables, the use of various materials including brick, stucco, and siding were all incorporated as design elements in the new structure.
The new facility features: