February 24, 2010

ORLANDO, Fla. (February 24, 2010) – C.T. Hsu + Associates (CTH+A) has completed its work on Orange County Fire Station #35, located at 7435 Winter Garden Vineland Road.  It is the first occupied Orange County government building seeking certification through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.

Battalion Chief Joe Donovan oversaw construction of the project designed by CTH+A to meet the fire and medical emergency needs of the rapidly growing area of west Orange County that includes Keene's Pointe, Isleworth and the villages in Horizon West.  It is staffed by six firefighters and houses both fire apparatus and emergency medical rescue.  “This station was designed with future growth in mind,” Chief Donovan said.  “As this area grows, the new station will serve as headquarters for a number of fire crews in the western area of Orange County.”

CTH+A designed the 10,000 GSF three-bay fire station to achieve optimal functionality, efficiency, durability and maintenance while reflecting both the operational functions of the fire/rescue department and the aesthetics of the communities it serves.  The flow of the facility was simplified with the dormitory and other quiet areas separated from the active living quarters.  The dormitory’s interior placement frees up the perimeter for spaces where windows are more appropriate.  Full height walls in the sleeping area improve acoustical privacy.  The street side of the facility features a lobby and public area, administrative offices and a shared restroom for public and staff.  EMS storage is combined with the office area for increased security and functionality.

“The impact to the environment was considered at all stages of design and construction,” said Chief Donovan. “Recycled materials were used where possible, and construction waste was carefully separated and recycled as well.”  Among the facility’s “green” features are drip irrigation and landscaping that requires little water, materials that reflect sunlight and heat to reduce air-conditioning costs, and automatic lights and thermostats. 

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 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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