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Belle Chasse Volunteer Fire Department's fire station, Belle Chasse, La.

Photo: Gilbertson Photography

Kirkpatrick Architecture Studio designed Belle Chasse Volunteer Fire Department's fire station so it can remain operational during a hurricane. The two-story, 20,000-square-foot central fire station is located in Plaquemines Parish, near the Gulf of Mexico. It features hurricane-rated, four-fold doors and meets Miami-Dade County Building Code.

Kirkpatrick Architecture Studio specified zinc for the exterior to contribute to sustainability and durability goals. Roof Technologies Inc. installed 4,000 square feet of Umicore Building Products USA Inc.'s 1-mm-thick QUARTZ-ZINC VMZ Interlocking panels for the project, completed in October 2014. Belle Chasse Volunteer Fire Department's fire station has three bays, administration offices, meeting rooms, training rooms, an exercise room, sleeping space for 13 people and LED fixtures.

General contractor: JA Jack Julius Jr. Inc., Marrero, La.
Architect: Kirkpatrick Architecture Studio, Denton, Texas
Installer: Roof Technologies Inc., Harvey, La.
Metal roof panels: Umicore Building Products USA Inc., Raleigh, N.C., www.vmzinc-us.com