Town of Oakville
Fire Hall #8
Integrated Project Delivery is the procurement model for the design and construction of this project, a methodology that, in our experience, provides excellent results for our clients, as well as fostering greater collaboration within the project team.
Oakville’s new fire station and amenities are designed to serve a growing population. Targeting LEED Silver certification, the new 1.5 storey facility will be almost fully constructed from glue laminated and cross laminated timber (CLT). CLT is a relatively new construction material in North America; CLT panels/walls are fabricated off site, where all M&E openings and penetrations are cut out, and are subsequently assembled on site. This approach requires extremely close coordination between the structural designers and the M&E designers since, unlike drywall, wood openings cannot be adjusted once cut. The modular construction approach will also help meet the aggressive schedule for this project.
Ironically, the new fire station will be clad in charred wood. Shou Sugi Ban charred siding, made from logs reclaimed from Ontario and Quebec waterways, offers many safety and operational advantages: it is ultra-low maintenance, naturally resistant to insects, moisture and rot, has proven fire resistance qualities, and is sun and water repellent. At end of life, the siding can be disposed of safely, without environmental damage.
HH Angus’ mechanical scope includes variable refrigerant flow, energy recovery ventilators, infrared tube heaters, and vehicle exhaust system. Electrical systems include natural gas backup generator, daylight harvesting sensors, provision for solar PV, CCTV and card access, and fire locution (radio system for 911 dispatch). Special provisions were made to allow speakers to be installed strategically throughout the building to support the locution/fire alerting system, with additional provisions for the radio antenna.
The fire hall floor plan consists of three fire truck bays - two drive-through and one back-in bay, gymnasium, dormitory, kitchen, offices, meeting rooms, IT room, and many specialized service spaces. Fire Hall #8 will be a designated “post disaster building” when operational; hence, the M&E systems specified are very robust.
Mechanical Engineering | Electrical Engineering | Lighting Design | Communications Design | Security Design
Status: Completion 2020 | 11,500 ft2 | Integrated Project Delivery | Mass timber construction | Targeting LEED Silver | Designated 'post disaster' building
KEY SCOPE ELEMENTS
Net Zero provisions for future conversion, with high efficiency M&E | Shou Sugi Ban charred wood cladding | Provision for future photo voltaic installation | locution/fire alerting system
Net Zero Conversion
The owner requested highly efficient M&E systems that provide for future Net Zero conversion. The Fire Hall is designed to accommodate a 40kW Solar PV system to offset and displace energy usage.
Although it’s a new facility, the Fire Hall is being built adjacent to an existing EMS Station and shares the road entrance and utilities. This presented a challenge in planning construction, service entrances and operations. Our team had to ensure that, during both construction and when operational, the Fire Hall will not impede EMS' emergency response process.