architecture commercial yachats rural fire protection district main station
Yachats, Oregon - 2016




THE PROJECT
To research and visit existing fire stations and work with the Fire Chief and Department to develope conceptual plans for a new 10,000+ sf Main Fire Station to replace the existing
obsolete station now located within a tsunami evacuation zone.
To develope conceptual plans, elevations and a 3D virtual model to explore the best possible options for meeting functional and aesthetic needs of the department and the community.
To outline aesthic designs, finish materials, and infrastructures that are functional, attractive, low maintenance, and can lead to Leed Certification.
To set a basis for the development of Final Designs that can be presented to the public for input, approval and bonding.

THE SITE
A large sloping irregular shaped site on the east side of Pacific Coast Highway 101 that provides both good access to the community and an elevation above the tsunami zone.
The site is undeveloped with an abundance of mature fir and deciduous trees which also function as a tsunami evacuation route to higher ground for coastal properties.
A detailed survey of the site was not completed for this conceptual phase so the architect used level ground for the purpose of conceptual designs.

THE CLIENT
Yachats Rural Fire Protection District
Yachats, Oregon


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The Concept
To develope conceptual designs for an economical, low maintenance Main Fire Station with a natural division of functional areas.
To provide Work areas for a minimum of five large Vehicle Bays, Shops, Storage, and Training with efficient personnel interfacing.
To provide Administrative areas for Reception, Central Office, Chief's Office, Boardroom, public ADA Restroom(s) and a Community/Training room.
To provide Residential areas for a Kitchen, Diningroom, Break Room, Fitness Center, Locker Rooms, and Dorm Rooms.
To provide for special infrastructure needs designed to conserve energy and provide self-contained utilites such as emergency power, and rain water catchment and storage for use during natural disasters.


The Plans
Floor Plans went through two basic phases.


One of the first conceptual Floor Plans with:
Work area (left) includes three double-deep drive-through vehicle bays, work shops, and various locked storage rooms;
Administrative area (bottom right) includes Reception, Main Offices, Chief's Office, Boardroom, Public Restrooms, and a Community/Training Room;
Residential area (center and top right) includes Kitchen, Diningroom, Patio, Break Area, Fitness Center, Locker Rooms, and Dorm Rooms;





Overview of early virtual model, Yachats Rural Fire Protection District Main Station, Yachats, Oregon, 2016.
This conceptual design utilizes a simple two-plane metal roof system that facilitates easier rain catchment and provides south-facing clear-story windows for natural light in vehicle bays.
Exterior wall planes are kept relatively simple with recesses to provide cover for entries and materials that are low maintenance yet blend in with the surrounding environment.
Detailed accessories such as exposed beams and metalwork are kept to a minimum for low maintenance in this wet-dry salt air environment.




Northwest view with glazed vehicle doors that add natural light to the Work area and save power.
Yachats Rural Fire Protection District Main Station, Yachats, Oregon, 2016.




Southeast View with patio area shared by Community Room and Residential areas.
View also shows rainwater catchment tanks that retrieve roof water for use in pumpers for fire supression.
Yachats Rural Fire Protection District Main Station, Yachats, Oregon, 2016.




Northeast View with electric generator, propane tanks, and second set of rainwater catchment tanks needed for stand-alone service during a natural disaster.
Yachats Rural Fire Protection District Main Station, Yachats, Oregon, 2016.




West, Front Elevation with the Vehicle bays and shops on the left and Main Entry Reception, Offices, and Community Room on the right.
Yachats Rural Fire Protection District Main Station, Yachats, Oregon, 2016.




East Elevation with the Residential Dorms and Locker Rooms on the left and the Vehicle bays and Shops on the right.
Yachats Rural Fire Protection District Main Station, Yachats, Oregon, 2016.




North Elevation with secondary access to Shops and Vehicle Bays as well as direct access to Decontamination room. A large storage bay is located on the second level.
Yachats Rural Fire Protection District Main Station, Yachats, Oregon, 2016.




South Elevation with Community room on the left, shared Patio and Kitchen/Dining in the center, and Residential Dorms on the right.
Clearstory windows for the Vehicle Bay beyond, and rainwater catchment tanks add to LEED sensitive green elements.
Yachats Rural Fire Protection District Main Station, Yachats, Oregon, 2016.




Open roof view of the revised Floor Plans, Yachats Rural Fire Protection District Main Station, Yachats, Oregon, 2016.
Changes included moving the Chief's Office for better public access, enlarging the Boardroom, adding storage next to Fitness Center, adjusting Dorms to shared bath concept,
reducing the size of Locker Rooms, and moving the Decon room to the south side of the Vehicle Bays.
Storage area (left) is on second level over Shops and Locked Storage rooms.



Southwest View showing an alternate finish of brick instead of split-faced concrete block, Yachats Rural Fire Protection District Main Station, Yachats, Oregon, 2016.





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