Station 8 is also known as “House of Love” for never having a shortage of it. This 1.64-acre site is located on the prominent street of Prince Road. This traditional neighborhood fire station is now a modern facility and is designed to LEED Silver Standards as the City of Tucson moves forward into a new era, requiring all city buildings to be certified.
Station 8 is a 13,725 square-foot, single-story fire station with 4-apparatus bays, 13-gender neutral dormitories, 4-bathrooms, a fitness room, a training room, firefighter and police offices, a decontamination shower, work/living space, and support spaces. On-site improvements include a hose drying tower, a secure front patio, a rear fitness patio with synthetic turf, secure parking, rainwater harvesting, and unique to this station is a public art project, and exterior decontamination/wash area.
The design team’s inspiration came from both the historic “Old Pueblo” character and the surrounding community, and the goal was to develop a facility that blends the old with the new. By using historical slump block, EIFs, 12” metal wall panels, along with yellow accents on different forms of the building, a new desert aesthetic was created adding to the charm and vibrant desert landscape. This marriage of materials effortlessly intertwines with homes and businesses. These exterior building materials are specified with durability, insulation, sound absorption, and ease of serviceability due to 24/7 use.
Tucson Fire Station No. 8
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