Firehouse 73


Firehouse 73

West Chester Township commissioned emersion DESIGN to design their new Firehouse 73. This new 10,000 square foot, $3.5M state-of-the-art facility replaced the existing station on the same site located on the Township's west side. The new station is adaptable and built to support the station's existing three firemen, with the ability for future growth to six responders and the expansion of services offered.

The building program includes a public lobby, administrative spaces, training room, day room, fitness room, bunk rooms, kitchen, and three drive-thru apparatus bays.

The emersion DESIGN team incorporated healthy-building research and data into the design, enabling- West Chester to lead the country in optimizing the health and wellness of West Chester's most critical asset, their firefighters. The design incorporates an abundance of natural light into the common and training areas, increasing the firefighters’ connection to nature, and improving their natural circadian rhythms. Additionally, the bunk rooms are designed to be extremely small, which encourages spending time in common areas and promotes comradery among the firefighters.

The team designed the Firehouse to be extremely energy efficient. The building is designed to have an Energy Use Intensity (EUI) of 35, providing incredible savings on the Township’s energy bills and consumption. For context, the lower the EUI the better, and 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. We were able to accomplish this low EUI using a high R-Value thermal envelope design and energy-efficient building systems.

Energy-Efficient Design

Well Insulated Envelope

Project Delivery Method Design/Bid/Build

Sleeping / Living Quarters

Administrative Spaces

West Chester Township
Energy use intensity
35 kBtu/ft2
Project contact
Tim Wiley
project manager
513 254 9821
Virtual Reality walk through with the Fire Chief.
"Charette" brainstorming session drawings.