Nanaimo Fire Station No. 4
Located in the Chase River community of Nanaimo, this satellite fire station contains living and operational quarters to accommodate the full time firefighters who work and live at the hall. The 8,300 square feet building has 3 apparatus bays, administrative offices, an SCBA servicing unit, gear storage, dormitories, a hose drying tower, workshop, kitchen and exercise room.
Utilizing the landscape
In addition to addressing innovative fire station design, the project also employs sustainable architecture within the specific programmatic needs of the Nanaimo Fire Rescue Department. For example, rainwater from the roof is collected in a large cistern and can be reused for washing fire trucks and other non-potable water uses. The building site is designed to filter rain water directly into the landscape rather than into the storm water system, naturally irrigating the surrounding trees and plants.
Natural wood and light, open spaces are designed to have a calming effect on personnel who use the spaces.