For more than 10 years, Boardman Township worked on a plan to have a fire station and its fire department housed under one roof.
Previously, Boardman’s Station 71 sat on a structure originally built in 1926 and remodeled in the early 1970s. Due to department growth in recent years, the township needed a new fire station and a location for the municipal fire department offices.
Through a number of programming sessions, the team identified that an approximately 18,000-square-foot building would meet the township’s requirements.
With a budget of $3.4 million for construction costs, ms worked closely with the department to review renovation and new construction options within the budget and identify cost-saving options through the selection of appropriate systems and materials. After reviewing the options and cost-saving benefits, the team decided that a newly constructed Boardman Township Fire Station was the best option to meet the department and community needs.
Boardman Township had two goals throughout the project: provide the township with an iconic fire house supporting the mission of the fire department that township residents would be able to recognize and be proud to have as their fire department facility; and to provide that facility within a set budget.
Construction for the new Boardman Township Fire Station was completed in 2018.
The 24-hour facility includes:
The new building also houses the municipal fire department, which has offices for the captain, chief, administration, arson, and plan review.
William Cook, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, project manager for the Boardman Fire Station reflects on the project, “We were grateful for the opportunity to work with the township on a project they have been planning for and working towards for many years.”
“The building and the function it represents is important not only to the township but the community as well, and we were proud to help guide the process,” Mr. Cook says, “A number of people have had a hand in the development of this project, from its inception to its funding, to finally its design and construction.”
“Through numerous meetings with Boardman Township and the Fire Department, we were able to accomplish both of these goals,” Mr. Cook recounts, “During the design phase of the project, we worked with the Township and the Fire Department to not only identify the facilities that were necessary to the function of the station but to find creative ways to accomplish those functions to reduce budgetary costs.”