The Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company is located on one of the most challenging sites our firm has encountered. The department’s existing station was located in a region of Baltimore County that is notorious for soils that do not perc. Finding a different site for a new station was not an option due to land costs and response times. Constructed on a tight, skewed, and sloping site, this “split level” station serves as both a community center and fully functioning department. The upper floor of the original 11,000 SF masonry structure is renovated to provide a community center with full commercial kitchen that is grade accessible. The lower level of the building, which originally served as a bunk and operations area will be completely gutted and renovated, to tie into a new 17,500 SF addition.
The completed building will include a classroom capable of seating 45, large operations offices, large command office/command center, board room, fitness center, lockers, private showers, space for 21 bunks, a department kitchen, and a dining and day room designed to comfortably seat 18 people. Anchoring the end of the building are 7 full size apparatus bays that will house a wide range of apparatus including a swift water rescue squad.