July 24, 2009

ORLANDO, Fla. (July 24, 2009) – C.T. Hsu + Associates announced today the completion of Winter Garden’s third fire station and the first one built south of Colonial Drive to serve citizens who live south of the Florida Turnpike.  Fire Station 22 encompasses 9,722 GSF and was delivered within a $1.875 million budget paid for with impact fees.  It is one of several projects generated under the firm’s continuing service contract with the City. 

Fire Station 22 has three bays.  It currently houses a new tower truck the City recently put into service, with future plans to house a fire engine, a fire department transport unit and a fire safety trailer for student field trips.  The station can accommodate up to 11 employees, including the current staff of five (four in the tower truck and a battalion chief) and up to six more firefighters as needed. 

The firm’s design for Fire Station 22 also provides comfort and privacy for the firefighters who live there by locating the sleeping quarters in the interior of the station and using full height walls to acoustically seclude the space from the active living, administrative and operational areas.  The perimeter of the station accommodates multipurpose and other spaces that benefit from window exposure.  Other design details include a low maintenance kitchen, food lockers for each shift, and quick access to the apparatus floor.  Safety features include life safety systems, engine exhaust systems, hazardous materials storage and decontamination facilities.  EMS storage is combined with the office area for increased security and functionality.

C.T. Hsu + Associates (www.cthsu.com) is an Orlando-based architectural planning and design firm celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2009.  A past “Firm of the Year” as selected by the American Institute of Architects - Florida Association, CTH+A focuses on a mix of mid to large scale projects in the education, government, transportation and mixed-use development sectors.  Its multidisciplinary approach ranges from urban planning and design to architecture and interiors.  





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