The Watauga Central Fire Station is the first career station for the City of Watauga and was constructed in May 2011 to complete the transition from a Department of Public Safety concept to a full-time, standalone fire department.
Designed by Jim Tharp, GSBS Architects, the station is a 13,651 square foot building designed to be functional, efficient, comfortable and sustainable.
Positioning of the facility allows for improved traffic flow for apparatus and parking while minimizing the east and west sun exposure.
A glass clerestory over the apparatus bays and living areas as well as numerous operable windows throughout the facility allow for an abundance of natural light and ventilation. Lighting is controlled by sensors which detect the amount of light and limit the activation of interior lighting which leads to a savings in overall energy requirements.
Additional design features include ceiling fans in all occupied spaces, radiant floor heating in the bay and solar-powered water heating which together combine to create an energy-efficient and environmentally responsible facility.
The station was designed to house 10 people and is equipped with a 30 person training room, workout facility and commercial grade kitchen. The station is protected by a complete sprinkler system, smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors, and a monitored fire alarm system.