Midland Fire Station No. 5
Fire Station 5 is a replacement of an aging facility on the existing site, and Station 11 is a new facility constructed to serve a growing region of the City. Station 11 also provides a 2-tank fuel center and an enclosed wash-bay building on site, with both auxiliary facilities serving all city fleet vehicles. Station 5 provides seven dormitories, and Station 11 provides eight, with both providing open living areas, indoor and outdoor exercise spaces, and adequate bay spaces.
The two stations have roughly the same building program, but while Station 11 sits on a 5-acre lot, Station 5 is limited to just 0.5 acres. Martinez Architects worked with the City to develop a plan that fits on the existing site while providing deeper bays, increased parking, and secure parking areas – all of which the existing station did not have – while more than doubling the station’s size, within the small site.
Station 5 also serves as a training facility for rappelling, equipped with a rappelling tower accessed from a balcony at the 2.5-story level, and provides for rappelling directly from the low-slope roof over the apparatus bays.