VAIL — The remodel of Fire Station No. 2 on West Meadow Drive in Vail has been named among the country’s best fire station designs through an annual peer review process. The station, built in 1965, and renovated in 2013, received the highest design award presented by the Fire Industry Equipment Research Organization, a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve firefighter health and safety. The competition included all new fire stations in the U.S. and Canada.
The $2.4 million remodel was designed by Pierce Architects and constructed by GE Johnson. Completed last April, the building was gutted to make way for utility upgrades, energy efficiencies and technology enhancements, as well as office space, employee housing units, new public restrooms and adequate space for trucks and equipment.
Competition judges cited excellence in all aspects of planning and design including site plan, floor plans and architectural image. One of the unique features of the building is the tower element, which reflects the iconic Vail clock tower. It was designed to accommodate various emergency and civic communications antenna equipment hidden inside the translucent structure.
In all, more than 100 fire stations were nominated for the award. The Vail Fire Station was one of only four designs presented with the highest honor awarded by the six-member panel. The other top fire station designs are located in Charleston, S.C.; Charlottesville, Va.; and Brandon, Manitoba.
“We are exceptionally honored to have been chosen for this award,” said Fire Chief Mark Miller. “The firefighters are proud of this facility, as is the community — the ultimate beneficiaries of this outstanding public safety endeavor.”
Other members of the construction team included Boyle Engineering, AEC, Peak Land and Deputy Chief Mike McGee.