The Kansas City, Missouri, Fire Department considered both vision and price when selecting the design-build team for Fire Station 35, which serves as headquarters for one of the Department’s seven battalions. The McCownGordon team, paired with Hoefer Wysocki Architecture, presented a plan that used high-performing but low maintenance materials to create an airy and appealing facility. The two-story building centers on a spacious day room, where abundant windows provide natural lighting to a television lounge area and kitchen. The first floor is also home to a training room, weight room, bathrooms and four apparatus bays where high ceilings make room for the trucks. The second floor houses 10 bunkrooms, three offices, eight bath and shower areas, and, of course, slide poles to the first floor for quick response.