Client: City of Chilliwack Location: Chilliwack, BC Size: 50,000 sf Budget: $7,500,000 Status: Completed in 2003
Protective / Emergency Services
Chilliwack Fire Hall & Fraser Valley Regional District Head Office

Built to house both the City of Chilliwack Fire Department Headquarters and the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) Head Office in a single structure, the building is designed to provide a combination of long term sustainability, function and value. Comprised of administrative offices, general duty offices, a 911 call centre, multi-purpose rooms, records storage, apparatus storage, lockers for men and women and shared spaces, the four-storey structure is a source of pride and civic importance in the Chilliwack community.

The four stories of FVRD and Fire Department administration offices are strategically connected to the apparatus bays and other programmed spaces, allowing firefighter personnel to easily move between the different areas.
Built to provincial post-disaster standards, the fire hall features a brick exterior with pre-finished metal cladding, glass and concrete all carefully selected for their durability and long term low maintenance.
Sustainability at the forefront

The FVRD and fire hall structure boasts a number of sustainable measures, including the use of local indigenous plant materials and recycling of storm water and roof drainage.  The building is cooled and heated by utilizing a sustainable form of natural energy supply, and the design promotes natural light and ventilation. A high number of existing trees on the site were retained and used in developing a sun shading system, and priority was given to landscape materials that are found in the Sechelt area.

 

 

” As our first colocation building design, this project demonstrated firsthand the multitude of benefits that come with colocated facilities and the considerations that need to be managed. “
JDa Principal Kim Johnston

Designed to allow all surface water and water from the roofs to be directed back into the site ecosystem, the use of a Sechelt marsh and a green roof system also add aesthetic appeal.

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