Qualicum Beach Fire Hall
The Qualicum Beach Fire Hall was designed in response to the community’s need for shortened emergency response times, a new emergency operations centre, and the requirement to apply green building principles to the new structure. The fire hall not only improved the area’s fire suppression coverage but was also awarded a Green Municipal Fund grant from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for meeting or exceeding sustainability and innovation in design criteria.
72% reduction in the energy usage of the ASHRAE 90.1 (2010) standard
- Firehouse Station Style Design Award (Bronze)
- F.I.E.R.O. Fire Station Design Award (Recognition)
- VIREB Institutional Project of the Year
- Green Municipal Fund grant of $464,467 for accomplishing a 72% reduction in energy usage over BC Building Code regulations
The building provides comfortable quarters for 40 career and volunteer firefighters. A large training room can be divided into two small yet functional spaces. Kitchen and dining facilities can accommodate an influx of EOC workers and a large plaza outside the building doubles as a place for the media and public to congregate, ensuring that EOC operations can take place unimpeded.
Incorporating economy into sustainability
Highly economical, the Qualicum Beach Fire Hall was built at a cost of just $303 per square foot.
- Kimberly Johnston—Project Architect
- John Botelho—Job Captain