Fort Lauderdale Fire Station No. 49 Replacement
PGAL provided design services for the replacement of the existing, obsolete fire facility located in the Central Beach district by A1A Boulevard and the Intracoastal Waterway.
The new fire station accommodates two apparatus bays, living and working areas for ten person shift and is designed to fit necessary turning radius and clearance for two fire trucks, allowing for required parking spaces and new building on the truncated urban waterfront site. The two-story building form was derived from the shape of the site. The large and small fenestrations, unmarked entrance, through which equipment, people, the light, and air pass, create an animated, controlled space, which blends into the surroundings of the Central Beach Marina and Hotel corridor.
The apparatus bays and 1,600 square feet of community and operational spaces are located on the ground floor while the second floor contains living spaces, offices, a dayroom, and gymnasium. The concrete block structure is capped by a flat roof with raised parapets. Creative design elements include a decorative steel wall system angled for shade and a screened enclosed balcony. All architectural elements continue around the facility facing adjacent properties avoiding the pitfall of any neighbor facing the “rear” of the building.
New replacement facility in the same footprint as the original building
Two apparatus bays
1,600 square feet of community and operational program