The Immokalee Fire Control District is an independent special district established in 1955 and provides services to an approximately 234-square mile area in Collier County. The District operates from three fire stations. The majority of the service area is rural with an agricultural based economy. The new master-planned community of Ave Maria falls within the District?s boundaries. With the new …
Fire Stations 23 & 26 are the most recent additions by the Bonita Springs Fire Control & Rescue District. The twin stations represent the third and fourth reuse of a successful prototype station designed by GMA in 2005. The efficiency and durability of the initial design continues to function perfectly despite advancing technology in firefighting techniques. Finished in early 2018, …
North Collier Fire Control and Rescue District Headquarters and Station 14. North Collier Fire District serves an area of Collier County that has experienced a substantial growth in population. The plan of this facility is for the district?s headquarters and a new station to better serve the community and plan for future needs. The headquarters, at 7,615 square feet, provides …
Bonita Springs Fire Station # 5 is an 8,675 square foot facility that replaces a temporary station that was located in Bonita Bay for 8 of the past years. The new facility is located in a central location on the main north/south through-way of Bonita Springs.Station No. 5 has two drive-thru Apparatus Bays and a drive thru maintenance Bay. It has sleeping accommodations for 10 fire fighters as well as an office/communication center, kitchen, day room and fitness room. The office/communication center is designed as a safe area to assure continuous operation during times of disaster.
The building design combines the district’s requirements of brick exterior walls and standing seam metal roof, with residentially scaled “Florida vernacular” bungalow detailing, to serve as the transition between commercial development and an established single family neighborhood.
The new Fort Myers Beach Station No. 32 replaced an existing facility which has long been obsolete.
Located on the mainland, the station serves as the fire district’s command post during storm events.
Placing the new 12,290 square foot station on the 20,000 square foot site challenged Gora/McGahey, our consulting engineers and Lee County staff to arrive at a solution which wouldn’t compromise the needs of the district, while complying with County ordinances.
The solution resulted in a three story modernist scheme. The ground floor includes three apparatus bays, bunker gear, decontamination rooms and a building lobby. The second floor is the living quarters which includes six individual bunk rooms, kitchen, dayroom, and dining room, as well as an exercise room. The third floor serves as offices and training room during normal operation. It will be the location of the command post during storm events.
The new Fort Myers Beach Station No. 33 is strategically placed to expand services and improve response times to the southern end of Estero Island.
Station No. 33 provides living quarters for five fire and EMS personnel, as well as three apparatus bays.
The architectural design reflects the island style which has evolved through the years in this beachfront community. It includes standing seam metal roofing as well as clapboard siding. Apparatus bay daylighting will be provided by strategically placed glass block panels along the west wall. This will allow a generous amount of working light thus reducing the consumption of electricity.
The Bonita Springs Fire Station No. 1 project converts the long standing district headquarters into a new neighborhood station. The existing apparatus bay wing is being re-roofed and structurally retro-fitted to comply with current codes. The office and staff quarters wing will be demolished and replaced with an 8,800 square foot fire and EMS station. It will contain sleeping accommodations for twenty, a training/conference room and typical administrative and living support facilities.
The principal objective of this master plan proposal is to establish a dynamic safety quarter’s a place for the fire/EMS station, sheriff substation and tax collector office. The proposal utilizes the land resources available to establish the new hub including secured and public areas. The unique complement of uses on the campus required careful land planning to account for the separation of public access and emergency response traffic. The plan endeavors to create a sustainable design founded on environmental principles, supported by architecture, landscape and site planning.
Due to the unique requirements of each individual building the nine acre site is not planned according to a single geometry and makes no attempt to refer to a perfect order. The plan incorporates varied building size, open space configuration and landscape typologies hereby creating a variety of experiences and spaces for the employees and visitors.
As the new public service hub, the campus will accommodate a 9,000 Sq. ft sheriff substation, a 15,000 Sq. ft fire and EMS station and a 10,000 sq. ft. tax collector’s office facility. It will incorporate tree-lined boulevards and open spaces.
The master plan will also accommodate a future
two-story, 20,000 sq. ft. office building for the
The unified architecture is a blend of signature Lee
County building materials with forward thinking building
forms and systems, designed to create a distinctive campus which will stand the test of time.
The Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District engaged Gora McGahey to create a prototype fire station design which will be used to build stations # 4 and # 5.
Fire Station # 4 is located at the corner of Sunshine Boulevard and 16th Street, and Fire Station # 5 will be located at the corner of Alexander Graham Bell Boulevard and Milwaukee Boulevard. The architects and the fire district agreed that the design should respect the residential character of the neighborhoods where these stations are being built. The exterior of both buildings will feature a brick façade and low-pitched, shingle roof.
The buildings will include three offices and a training room/classroom (which can also be used for public meetings and seminars. There are 12 individual sleeping rooms, five baths, a kitchen, day room and exercise room. Additionally, the 13,000 square foot facilities will each have three equipment bays.
Bonita Springs Fire Station # 2 is a 7,325 square foot replacement for an existing facility in the same location. The site plan was designed in phases to allow continued operation of the existing station.
The new station includes living quarters for nine fire and rescue personnel. It features two drive through apparatus bays which can accommodate up to four vehicles. The office/communications center has been designed to be hardened to provide continuous operation during times of disaster.
The building design combines the district’s requirements of brick exterior walls and standing seam metal roof, with residentially scaled Florida vernacular bungalow detailing, to serve as the transition between commercial development and an established single family neighborhood.