Fire stations of the world: Monticello Fire Department Fire Station, Minnesota, US
The new Monticello Fire Department Fire Station on Chelsea Road in Monticello, Minnesota in the US, was completed in early 2020. The fire department moved into the building in March 2020. The new fire station is a 22 700-square-foot facility that features six apparatus bay doors, full-time living quarters and conference space. The City of Monticello hired Brunton Architects and Engineers to design their new 20 000 square-foot Fire Hall.
The completed design includes a precast concrete structure that houses an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), administrative offices, large training room, hose/training tower, 12 stall apparatus bay, gear grid room, fitness room, radio room, SCBA room, sweat sauna, dirty restroom, emergency generator, display area for historic fire trucks, storage rooms and future space for adding overnight sleeping rooms and day room for full time fire fighters.
The Monticello Fire Department currently has 30 volunteer members under the direction of Fire Chief Michael Mossey and operates eight apparatus from one station, including a hazardous materials response trailer. Their services include:
The Monticello Fire Department's primary coverage area serves the City of Monticello, Monticello Township and Silver Creek Township, an area of 68,25 square miles.
After reviewing several options, the council selected a city-owned lot at 103 Chelsea Road. The new location offers:
The fire hall project came in $900 000 under projected budget and on time due to favourable timing of the bidding of the project in the public market. Through the efficient and thorough design, the Monticello Fire Station received national recognition and a bronze honour in the 2020 Firehouse Station Design Awards.
After removing the area that’s required for building setbacks and a gas line easement from the buildable area, the proposed building site appeared to be marginally too small. The building lot, which is shaped like a trapezoid, made it very difficult to develop a cost-effective building envelope that accommodated all of the spaces on the main floor of the building. As a result, it was proposed that the more residential living quarters be pushed to the second floor of the building.
Because of budget concerns, the completion of the second-floor living quarters for the “future full-time duty crews” was deemed sacrificial and was included in the project plans as an “add alternate bid.” Until needed as future living quarters, the unfinished second floor space is used for search and rescue training as well as to provide the department with additional storage space. The project was brought in 18 percent under budget.
The city elected to hire a construction manager (CM) for the construction of the project. The CM procured package bids and oversaw the construction of the project. After about two months of construction, it was discovered that, while setting precast wall panels, the building foundation was staked and constructed one foot lower than designed and wasn’t installed in accordance with the elevation requirements of the civil site plan. Options, including total removal of the foundation, were discussed and explored but all parties believed that removal of the foundation would result in too much added construction time to the building project. As a result, the team brainstormed additional ideas for resculpting the building lot and the adjacent soccer club building parking lot to allow the one foot less of slope to work within the tight confines of the parcel lot lines and parking lot drainage requirements.
Sources: Monticello Fire Department, Brunton Architects and Engineers