During preconstruction, the team provided extensive value engineering ideas to bring the station in line with the city’s budget. A collaborative environment with the design team allowed the city to prioritize needs and select various cost options while delivering its vision.
Adjacent to the Blue Valley Southwest High School campus, OP Fire Station #48 will play an integral role in a new fire science program. Students benefit from the district’s curriculum by receiving hands-on learning and training experience, allowing them to get a head start on building a future career. Located on an active high school campus, the team paid close attention to site security and safety. Deliveries were coordinated to avoid school start and release times, and the team collaborated with the high school to ensure noise did not affect the learning environment.
In addition to supporting the needs of the fire department and community, Station #48 promotes the health and wellbeing of department personnel through contamination control measures, connections from indoor to outdoor and gender-neutral living quarters designed to promote sleep equity and mental health stability. Innovative design concepts will help to reduce the risk of cancer and infectious disease to firefighters as well as enhance fire station operations and service delivery. Trucks can be driven in and out of the station without the danger of backing up, increasing safety for everyone.