CREATING PLACES THAT
THE YEAR IS 2025. How has fire service changed? Has your department changed? How has your community changed? What new demands will you face?
Public Safety hinges upon training, preparedness, and readiness. The fire community has collectively witnessed changes that have affected best practices, departments, procedures, and facilities.
Will your next facility be ready?
ARE YOU READY? With the aging baby boomer generation and the cost of hospital visits increasing, there is a growing reliance on community paramedicine and triage access via local Fire and EMS.
Are you equipped to handle nonemergency situations at the station? Does your triage area have direct access from outside? Or does a potentially infected individual risk walking into the common areas of your station? Does your triage area have direct access to the bay for crisis scenarios? How many steps are required to access narcotics in storage? How are you logging who enters and exits the narcotics storage area? Will you be able to flex and expand as demand increases?
Through our many projects, CR has influenced the design of government facilities with our innovation, commitment, and dedication to create facilities that are supportive of the professionals who use them and the communities they serve.
Training by Design has saved clients millions of dollars by allowing firefighters to train on site. Our constant research and client collaboration keeps concepts evolving, with each design tailor-made for clientâ€™s needs.
Our tenured team has designed projects in 26 states, given seminars on fire facility planning across the country, and actively participates in the International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Public-Safety Communication, and local associations.
Our customized discovery approach helps you define milestones for budget, schedule, and other unique needs for your project.
We have extensive design/build experience, which is especially effective when speed is the most important factor in a project. As the single point of accountability, we are able to guarantee a maximum price early on, reducing budget concerns during design.
More than 40 government awards celebrate our design leadership and innovation. Visit www.cr-architects.com/ about/honors.html for a complete list of awards.
DES MOINES FIRE TRAINING CENTER COMPLETION DATE
48,274 sq ft
On target for LEED Silver Designed for future expansion of apparatus and maintenance bays.
PROJECT DETAILS CR served as the Design Architect for the 48,274-square-foot Des Moines Fire and Logistics Training Center. With a multi-story training tower, simulated city buildings, obstacle course, CPAT course, technical rope rescue, driver training course, and more, the Center incorporates a multitude of Training by Design elements, making it easy for firefighters to complete their training on site. The pre-engineered metal building also includes apparatus bays, classrooms and multi-purpose areas, offices, a locker room, fitness room, and maintenance space. Designed for the future, the Center is on-target for LEED Silver certification and leaves room for the expansion of apparatus and maintenance bays.
DES MOINES FIRE TRAINING CENTER
DES MOINES, IA
LEAVES ROOM FOR EXPANSION OF APPARATUS AND MAINTENANCE BAYS.
DESIGNED FOR THE FUTURE.
COLORADO RIVER FIRE RESCUE COMPLETION DATE 2011 SQUARE FOOTAGE 14,800 sq ft CONSTRUCTION COST $4,462,304 Training by Design Volunteer station with five vehicle bays Sustainable design features
PROJECT DETAILS The vernacular architectural design of Lakota Canyon Ranch Fire Headquartersâ€“Colorado River Fire Rescue helps the station fit in with its surrounding landscape and community. The 14,800-square-foot volunteer station features three large fire apparatus bays and two smaller, support staff bays and a turn-out gear room, decontamination room, EMS storage, and shop/ tool room. Living quarters include restrooms, a fitness room, six individual sleeping quarters, a kitchen, and a day room. The training room not only makes space for community events, but provides opportunities for rappelling, ladder training, confined space training, and standpipe training with sprinkler manifolds.
LAKOTA CANYON RANCH FIRE HQ NEW CASTLE, CO
IT ALSO PROVIDES OPPORTUNITIES FOR RAPPELLING, LADDER, CONFINED SPACE, AND STANDPIPE TRAINING WITH SPRINKLER MANIFOLDS.
TRAINING ROOM NOT ONLY MAKES SPACE FOR COMMUNITY EVENTS...
WORKING WITH CR LET’S CUT THROUGH COMPLICATED. Our design motto keeps things simple: we design what you want, for the money you have, in the time that you need. This philosophy is the foundation of our broad, award-winning portfolio, and the baseline for stories of millions of dollars saved, deadlines met, and expectations exceeded from Boston to Hawaii.
Through this relationship, CR architecture + design have been nothing short of spectacular with their customer service, professionalism, and attention to detail. CR’s organization is stocked full of excellent, hardworking, and compassionate individuals all with one common pursuit – to provide a quality product.” -Miami Valley, OH Fire District
WHAT YOU WANT, WHAT YOU HAVE, WHEN YOU NEED. What is most important to you right now? What will be most important moving forward?
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WHAT IS IMPORTANT FOR YOU?
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DESIGNING BEYOND FOUR WALLS Listening to our clients, we hear a consistent theme: â€œwe need to train more.â€? In response, we pioneered the Training by Design program in 1998, which continues to evolve today. Training by Design offers a more holistic approach to designing a new or renovated fire station by taking advantage of and enhancing the building and site for training opportunities. This allows personnel to train where they live and work, further preparing them to serve the community.
TRAINING BY DESIGN
TRAINING BY DESIGN Since every department has different goals for its training, each facility is unique and includes some combination of the following on-site training practices:
Ground Ladder Evolutions Hose Advancement & Stairwell Evolutions Confined Space Rescue Saving Your Own Drills Search and Rescue Trench Rescue Fire Ground Accountability High Angle Rescue Rappelling Water Diversion Fire Suppression Systems Drafting Denver Box Training
GREENDALE FIRE DEPT. GREENDALE. IN
“CR took our project to the level that the City of Greendale and the Greendale Fire Department dreamed. It is because of their untiring effort we were able to accomplish our goal, on time, under budget. We would highly recommend CR.” -Greendale, IN Fire Dept.
IT WILL SAVE YOU TIME AND MONEY IN THE LONG RUN.
THE OUTCOME EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS. OUR FACILITY IS A ONE-STOP SHOP.
DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that the money saved on the first on-site exercise in the Training Tower of the CR-designed Orange Township, OH Fire Headquarters paid for its inclusion in the facility?
CASE STUDY In Medfield, Massachusetts, the idea of sharing a facility is more than 37-years old. In 1962, the town opened its fire station, and in 1977 the town’s police department opened its part of the facility. For the 16 full-time police officers and part-time firefighters working in the building during that time, the arrangement worked well. It presented an opportunity to share real estate and resources, and to keep costs down for the small community. Move forward 37 years and the situation has changed. The town has grown to more than 12,500 people, and the same building now houses 18-22 full-time people in the police department and eight full-time and 15 part-time firemen. The fire chief’s office is a converted ladies’ restroom and the current holding cells don’t pass state inspection. The fire department stores one of its apparatus in the basement garage, and when the engine is started, the adjoining locker room and lunch room fill up with diesel exhaust…
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ABOUT US We create extraordinary places. CR architecture + design is a company committed to creating extraordinary places that build enduring value for its clients and the communities they serve. Founded in 1982 as Cole + Russell architects, the firm has grown to a staff of more than 130, with offices in Cincinnati, Denver, Dallas, Minneapolis, and Seattle. CRâ€™s national portfolio features retail, hospitality, housing, commercial, and education design, as well as more than 200 fire, police, and administration building projects. CR is registered in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Ontario, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Planning a new facility in the next five years? We can help make sure you get what you need for what you have in the time you need. Contact us to get started.
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As firefighters, weâ€™ve had to get smarter and faster by necessity. Modern buildings are built to fall down and the contents in them are created with materials that burn faster. Unless we want them to fall down and burn around us, we have to train, and get smarter, quicker, and better at putting out the fires. -Chief Brian Russel Plainfield, IN Fire Dept.
Published on Nov 13, 2015
CR architecture + design is creating places that serve. For many, the fire station sets the tone for the town, and conveys the message prefe...