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South Montgomery County Texas Fire Station #2, Spring, Texas

The fast-growing community needed this 9,500-square-foot fire station to ensure fast response time to emergency calls from its 40,000 residents. A metal building system combined with traditional sidewall materials provided a cost-effective solution that helped to completed the facility below the originally projected cost.

The new, two-bay fire station, nestled on more than 6 acres in the piney forest north of Houston, was planned with offices, study, workout room, laundry facility, four dormitory-style rooms, two apparatus bays, a storage mezzanine and kitchen/dining area. The project was the first new building constructed by the Fire District since the early 1980s, and will be staffed 24/7 by a four-man crew of professional firefighters. Backup generators with enough capacity to power the entire station make the facility self-sufficient during power outages and ensure reliable communications, even during disasters. A stormwater retention pond provides a water source for landscape irrigation, on-site training exercises and an environmentally attractive amenity.

The $2.6-million project utilized a Widespan structural system and MR-24 standing-seam metal roof system with factory-coated green panels from Butler Manufacturing. The walls combined splitfaced CMU veneer with cast stone accents.

Construction manager-at-risk: Teal Construction Co., Houston
Architect: KA Hickman Architects & Interior Designers, Round Rock, Texas
Metal building and roof panels: Butler Manufacturing, Kansas City, Mo.,