Tolleson Fire Station and Fire Administration Building

Tolleson Fire Station and Fire Administration Building

Architect
LEA Architects
Location
Tolleson, United States | View Map
Project Year
2011
Category
Offices

Fire stations

Tolleson Fire Station and Fire Administration Building

LEA Architects as Architects

The two-level Emergency Service and Administrative Building is designed to meet the daily operational needs of the Tolleson Fire Department, while utilizing both passive and active sustainable green building principles to maximize sustainability and enhance overall energy performance. Lawrence Enyart, FAIA, LEED AP and Lance Enyart AIA, LEED AP of LEA Architects, LLC, Phoenix, AZ, designed the new Tolleson Fire Station and Administration Building. The modern architecture responds to the desert environment as well as the surrounding urban context. The multifunctional training and communications tower creates a strong architectural vertical element that defines an entry from 92nd Avenue that is both open and inviting to the public. The buildings west façade is protected from the harsh desert sun by a “green screen” designed by the architects. The shade element consists of weathering steel tube and wire mesh panels that allow vines to grow along the vertical face. The green screen also metaphorically relates to the agrarian history that is so important to the City of Tolleson and its residents. The use of local and regional materials further reinforces the project’s ties to the community. Natural Architectural materials including locally harvested and manufactured clay jumbo brick, in combination with glass and weathering steel define the building surface and exude a sense of sustainability and presence. The South facing saw-tooth corten weathering steel metal roof forms over the apparatus bays house the projects 15KW photovoltaic system. The saw-tooth roof forms also allow for north facing clerestory windows to bring natural daylight into both the apparatus bays and community / training room.

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