Greendale Fire Department Building
The Village of Greendale, after completing an assessment of existing fire station and emergency service needs, concluded their existing fire house no longer adequately met the needs of the community. Zimmerman became engaged to provide a planned program and design for a new station as well as evaluate several sites for capacity, location and acquisition cost. The new station includes four two-deep apparatus bays, a training tower, community meeting and staff training rooms, a dormitory with individual sleeping quarters for full-time employees, kitchen, lounge, exercise room, and on site administrative offices. Ultimately, an expansion on the Southwest Corner of the existing city center became the favored option. The natural slope of the site allowed for a partial earth shelter two-story volume. The station’s upper level administrative and community spaces enter at the same grade as, and share visitor parking with, the adjacent police station. Firefighter spaces are accessed at the lower end of the site. This includes the high volume apparatus bay which allows the building to share a relatively common roofline with the two-story volumes at the building’s North side. The expansion mimics the existing safety center in scale, materials and aesthetics. An onsite retention swale is included for stormwater management.