This ﬁre hall deserves its own calendar
Surrey Fire Hall #14
The ﬁrst civic building that visitors encounter when they enter Canada via the Douglas Birder Crossing is a very diﬀerent looking, new ﬁre hall…..
Designed to reﬂect the heritage of the Surrey Fire Service, it also provides a contemporary modern facility. The main exterior ﬁnish is red clay brick with a textured concrete black base. Arches frame the brick cladding over the apparatus bay doors in front and at the main stair tower. Arched windows and fully glazed overhead doors oﬀer views from the ﬁre hall and show oﬀ what’s going on inside.
In the ﬁreman’s ﬁtness area, a glazed overhead door allows crews to open the space to an outdoor terrace and let the ﬁreman be the “eyes on the street” for the neighbourhood. Inside is equally multi-purposed. The ﬂoor plan has the crew dormitories on the ground ﬂoor and kitchen/dining spaces upstairs. Naturally, the crew uses a brass ﬁre pole to speed up nighttime response times. Glazing is used at the upper ﬂoor area to uplight the exposed wood structure and ﬁnishes. Landscaped bioswales along the front ingeniously drain to a retention pond at the highway intersection. For graphic impact, an art installation titled “Teamwork” fronts the main stair tower that faces the highway. To preserve the existing large ﬁr and cedar trees in the centre of the site, the new hall was situated in front of them.
Completing the build, is an onsite sewage treatment plant, emergency generator and a stand-along storage facility for site maintenance.
Futuristic design meets vintage trucks
Port Moody Inlet Centre Fire Hall (Fire Hall No.1)
The assignment? Replace the aging Fire Hall No.1 in the City of Port Moody.
Expand operations and provide better, faster coverage to the city. The new facility oﬀers 2 sets of high bay parking areas for 7 trucks in total. And the building is designed house administration, on-call and training facilities. A special accommodation was made to showcase a vintage ﬁre truck collection. The new Fire hall is also designed as a post-disaster facility.
Number 8 is a 10
Abbotsford Fire Hall No.8
Presenting Abbotsford Fire Hall No.8,
a new facility that oﬀers up two new drive-through bays serving a growing municipality. A large ﬁtness area has direct access to an upper ﬂoor deck that looks out to the adjacent public park to the east. A hose tower at the rear of the hall is designed to accommodate training facilities and features a sloped, shingled roof with glazing at the top ﬂoor and a balcony for training.
Respecting the environment, the project is designed to LEED silver standards.
People want to adopt this building too
Surrey Animal Resource Center
Design a beautiful, functional building and then watch its use increase.
That was the intention with the city of Surrey’s new Animal Resource Centre.
By designing the facility as a community attraction, visitors are maximized, which happily also maximizes the opportunities for animal adoptions. The building isn’t just friendly to animals, it’s earth friendly, as well. Designed to LEED Silver standard, it features extensive daylighting via windows and solar tubes, geothermal heating and cooling, sensor/timer controlled lights and on-site storm water retention with bioswales and retention ponds. The adoptions area features viewing/socializing rooms. Other rooms include small animal viewing, a retail shop and volunteer facilities. You can even wash your dog there in the dog washing facilities. Surfaces are washable to help avoid infections Redundant systems and emergency power capabilities exceed the CCAC – CCPA standards for animal care.
Our best design for man’s best friend
Vancouver Police Department Dog Squad Facility
Hard working police dogs deserve a nice home.
Our new Police Dog Squad facility for the City of Vancouver, accommodates 20 enclosed, two-compartment kennels each with natural light, epoxy floors and walls and both forced air and in-floor heating for the dog’s comfort and safety. There are also 8 rapid access kennels immediately adjacent to the main building. Support spaces include an administration office, a classroom, male and female change rooms, a secure storage room and a fitness area. For use on swing shifts, there are two acoustically isolated bunk rooms with a nearby kitchen. An all-weather grass training field lets the public watch the dogs in action.