Station 73 is a new state-of-the-art facility that supports three full-time firefighters, and is designed for future growth to accommodate six responders and an expansion of services. The building program includes a public lobby, administrative spaces, training room, day room, fitness room, bunk rooms, kitchen, and three drive-through apparatus bays.
The design incorporates healthy-building elements, positioning West Chester as a leader for optimizing the health and wellness of their most valuable asset, the firefighters. An abundance of natural light in the common and training areas increases the connection to nature and improves natural circadian rhythms. Because the bunk rooms are intentionally small, the firefighters are prone to spend more time in common areas, promoting socialization and boosting comradery.
The station is extremely energy efficient and is designed to have a low Energy Use Intensity (EUI) of 35, accomplished by using a high R-Value thermal envelope and energy-efficient building systems. The typical fire station has an EUI of 124.9. This 24/7/365 station uses 3.5 times less energy than the national average for fire stations, greatly reducing energy consumption and expenditures.
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