Wannemacher Jensen Architects: 4701 9th Street South

4701 9th Street South | St. Petersburg | 33705
Architecture: Wannemacher Jensen Architects

Built 2011; 8 bedroom, 5 bath, 7500 square feet

The Fire station typology is a unique and challenging design opportunity to combine residential and work requirements into one envelope. It must be extremely functional, efficient, and easily maintained but still provide an inviting warm living space. Our design sought to exploit to differences both metaphorically and experientially. For example compressed bamboo was used to clad the mechanical room or lungs of the building and provide a warm backdrop to the living spaces. This material is actually harder the concrete and will never require painting. Aluminum cladding was used at the office or brain of the facility. These volumes then float independently below a acoustical metal deck roof structure. This allowed light to stream throughout the space and to easily orient fire fighters while answering calls at all times of day and night. The brick used throughout the facility is structural brick which can be exposed at both exterior and i nterior faces. It echoes historical fire station precedence without sacrifices truth in materiality. The result of the design is a facility that is void of frivolous layers of materials and only 10% of the building surfaces will every require painting. The building was also 30 dollars a sf less than a traditional CMU stucco fire station with wood trusses and acoustical ceiling.

Sustainable Design Highlights:
• The use of structural brick eliminates the need for interior Gypsum board or painting
• Clearstory window providing natural light throughout the apparatus bay, dayroom, and offices
• Operable Windows throughout the station including dorms
• 23.5% more efficient than a standard building saving approximately $6,000 per year in electricity
• 2,000 gallon cistern collecting rainwater
• Florida friendly drought tolerant plants were used to reduce the need for watering
• Low flow Plumbing fixtures
• Cabinets and paneling are made from rapidly renewable bamboo. This product is durable and harder than concrete.
• Polished concrete is easily maintained with no grout joints
• 30% more outside air and ventilation than a standard building
• Highly energy efficient Daiken air conditioning system with energy recovery unit
• Natural light and views are provided to all spaces reducing the need to turn on lights.
• Glazing is insulated Low-E glazing impact rated product
• 94 percent of the construction waste has been recycled
• Recycling program with designated bins for recycled materials
• Highly reflective roof system with R30 insulation
• Lutron lighting management system and occupancy sensors

Photography by James Borchuck

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