Project Description

Client: City of Madison
Location: Madison, WI
Scope: New 13,500 sf fire station.

Angus Young Associates provided Schematic Design services for Fire Station #13 in Madison, WI.

This project is approximately 13,500 square feet. The scope of the project included a design that that would achieve a minimum LEED Certification – Silver accreditation, following the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for New Construction (LEED-NC) Rating System.

Design Components
The design includes offices, living and work quarters, apparatus bays, a community room, and a green roof. The exterior of the building features projecting overhangs, horizontal banding and solar shading for exterior windows highlighted by a tower element, which assists in the pre-conditioning of fresh air for the facility’s HVAC system. Exterior materials and colors were selected for their low maintenance, longevity, and relationship with neighboring prairie style apartment buildings.
A primary architectural feature, which is also a mechanical system feature, is the “tower.” The tower is inspired by historic fire stations, which had hose towers due to the need to hang their used hoses to drain water from them. This tower is used to pre-treat air, which goes through an intake on the north side of the building, under the building in a thermal maze/tunnel system, and up along the tower. Louvers are provided to shade the mass wall behind the glass in the tower in the summer, and to allow sunlight to heat the concrete mass wall in the winter.

Sustainable Features
Features include 90% daylighting of rooms, sun control louvers, green roof, solar hot water panels, natural and sustainable materials, a geothermal loop mechanical system, rain collection barrels, and the potential for the use of PV solar panels and a wind turbine on site.