As part of an on-call contract, BKM provided MEP design services for this 19,000-square-foot, two-story facility that replaced the existing fire station in Towson, Maryland. The facility will include classrooms, exercise room, kitchen, workshop, dorm rooms, bathroom and shower rooms.
The mechanical systems included rooftop DX air handling units, variable air volume distribution, hot water heating system from central gas fired boiler and infra-red radiant heating for the apparatus bays. A new gas service provided and coordinated with BGE. Domestic cold water, hot water, sanitary and vent were provided for each fixture. A performance specification was provided to indicate the provision of a wet pipe sprinkler system throughout the building. A diesel generator was provided to serve all life safety functions for this facility.
The station incorporated energy-efficient features, including a green roof with a garden, low-flow plumbing fixtures to reduce potable water consumption by 56 percent, and other environmental features.