2015 AIA Award Submission
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W2A Design Group designed the new East Side Fire Station for the City of Allentown PA which involved the demolition of the existing 50+ year old 2-bay station, and replacing it with a new state-of-the-art facility on the same site.The new 8,000 square foot, two-story building is identifiable as a fire station and is welcoming and accessible to all. The building has an approachable scale and incorporates contextual, quality materials in a present-day interpretation of traditional building elements and details.
As a career station, the building provides both public and non-public functions “24-7”, but organizes those functions into an understandable and spatially efficient layout. A drive-through Engine Bay provides space for three pieces of fire apparatus, with living quarters and work space provided on the second floor for a maximum of ten firefighters. Living quarters include separate male / female bunk rooms with private shower rooms, Kitchen, Day Room and Exercise Room.