South Metro Fire acquired a 1970’s station in Greenwood Village and selected OZ to design a new station or remodel the existing. Located in an established residential neighborhood on a tight site we studied several site configurations to provide through access without disrupting the surrounding neighbors. Remodeling was deemed uneconomical nor would it allow a drive through apparatus bay configuration. The new station is placed to hold the important corner of East Orchard Road and Havana Street with trucks entering off Havana and exiting to Orchard.
The station living area was designed as two stories to maximize open, green space while concentrating mass away from the neighbors. The building forms and materials are kept simple breaking up the mass to be more in scale with the surrounding houses. Two main hipped roofs float via a clerestory over a brick base breaking up the mass and softening the height. The clerestory design provides ample daylight to the living quarters and apparatus bays while reducing energy needs.