City of Gainesville Fire Station No 8

Project: Fire Station No. 8
Location: Gainesville, Florida
Owner: City of Gainesville
Construction Cost: $2.7 Million
Project Size: 10,396 SF
Completion: June 2011Gainesville’s newest fire station, the first constructed in nearly 30 years, was built on a true urban in-fill site, literally surrounded on all four sides by either commercial or residential development. Construction of the new fire station required not only the building itself, but also improving an existing dirt road into a new, 2-lane, city-street, complete with curb, gutter, storm and sidewalks.

The all masonry shell is veneered in brick and the roof is a standing seam metal roof over light gauge metal trusses. The building exterior is highlighted by full-light bi-fold apparatus bay doors. Among its many features, the new station boasts ground and polished concrete floors in throughout the facility, living quarters for the station’s full-time firefighters, a commercially equipped prep kitchen, instructional areas, and administrative offices. And while the building’s brick, doors, and vehicles are red, it is a very green fire station. Originally slated for Silver certification the project achieved Gold status with the USGBC.