Public Safety facilities, Fire Stations, Police Departments

The City of Imlay City’s fire department had made due with their original building for many years but with newer, larger equipment, and the need to accommodate training and other storage requirements, more building space was needed. The existing building could no longer be expanded due to site limitations so the  best option for the department grow was to build a new, modernized, and efficient fire station. The city contracted H2A Architects to help develop a building plan to house all seven trucks and allow drive through bays. Also included in the design are locker rooms, squad room, offices, and a storm shelter. To accommodate training and public events, a community room was included.

Site plan for the new Imlay City Fire Department station.

Site plan for the new Imlay City Fire Department station.

The property purchased was previously owned by the State of Michigan. The long narrow site will receive improvements including landscaping, on-site storm water retention, public parking, and drive-through bay access. Civil engineering was provided by Rowe Professional Services.

 
Southwest view of the new station featuring 7 apparatus bays and “beacon” hose tower.

Southwest view of the new station featuring 7 apparatus bays and “beacon” hose tower.

With a new 12,500 sf floor plan, 4 drive-through bays, three back-in bays, hose tower, squad rooms, and a training room, Imlay City FD will be ready for the challenges of the coming years.

With a new 12,500 sf floor plan, 4 drive-through bays, three back-in bays, hose tower, squad rooms, and a training room, Imlay City FD will be ready for the challenges of the coming years.

 

H2A completed a preliminary design for the station which included cost projections and an architectural rendering that allowed the city to approach the public for a bond vote that would help pay for the station.  After the successful vote, H2A completed the construction documents and received bids in early 2019. The construction for the station is scheduled to begin in early spring and to be completed by the end of 2019.

Firefighters in full gear having difficulty negotiating travel in the existing fire station.  Photo from the Tri-City Times 2018-08-01

Firefighters in full gear having difficulty negotiating travel in the existing fire station.

Photo from the Tri-City Times 2018-08-01