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Liberty North End Station

Dover, NH


When CMK Architects was awarded this project the budget had been established for over a year and a half. The site, which was donated, came with height, size, and wetland restrictions. Low maintenance materials such as brick with CMU backup in the apparatus bay, aluminum framed windows, 30 year roofing, and Azek trim were incorporated to minimize long term upkeep.

Desiring a LEED building, the station was designed with LEED features that the budget would allow. Skylights and strip windows throughout the administrative area and living quarters increased natural day lighting while lighting controls minimize wasted energy. Radiant heat in the apparatus bays not only efficiently warms the space, but also helps the hoses dry after use. The apparatus bays also feature recirculating air scrubbers that clean the vehicle fumes without wasting heated exhaust air. Optimized energy performance was achieved through 98% efficient boilers and a highly insulated building envelope. On site storm water management was incorporated, however a rain water storage system was eliminated because of budgetary restraints.

As a result of careful planning and programming, construction costs stayed on budget while still delivering a sustainable fire station almost 50% less than a neighboring LEED certified station.