LaBella recently completed a replacement of West Webster Fire District’s Headquarters, Station #1.
The starting point for this project was a complete existing facility assessment study by the LaBella team to determine the most appropriate and cost-effective way to address the building’s deficiencies.
The station was originally built in 1966, and was enlarged with additions in 1979 and 1993. The existing station was undersized for the fire, rescue, and emergency medical services that operate from it, and many of the original and repaired building systems were insufficient for the building’s functions. A key issue was that the garage clearances could not accommodate the existing trucks, as a result of modern rigs being larger than those of the past.
LaBella worked with the District to prepare a public presentation about the station’s deficiencies to inform taxpayers about the need for station replacement. After the study was completed and funding established, the decision was made to design a brand new building. Working closely with the district we assembled a new program to fit their current needs. From there LaBella designed a new facility that was roughly 30,720 sq ft. including 2 stories, basement, and mezzanine. One of their top priorities was providing a large meeting room for the community and their district meetings. Other project highlights included new offices and command center, new commercial kitchen, enhanced security, and complete site and parking redesign.