Designed by Salter Pilon Architecture Inc. and Lett Architects Inc.
Photos by Jason Mortlock
The new fire station in Barrie houses a 10-truck apparatus bay, 24-hour communications centre and dispatch area, emergency operations centre training and meeting space, open office space, fitness area, kitchen and locker room facilities. The building is classified as a post-disaster building and required seismic design. This project has achieved LEED Gold Certification.
Heat is delivered throughout the building via in-floor heating piping off the condensing boiler loop. Air distribution is via two main roof top variable air volume (VAV) air handling units. Separate n+1 computer room cooling units serve the dispatch and server room under floor air distribution areas. Services and equipment supports have been designed for seismic loading.
The entire building is backed up by a 350 kW diesel generator. Critical communications equipment is fed from a 40 kW uninterruptible power supply (UPS). Lighting is controlled by dimmers, low voltage relays, occupancy sensors, daylight sensors and photo-electric cells.
The Barrie Fire Emergency Station is an advanced facility that serves both the city of Barrie and the Simcoe region. Response times and saving lives and structures is the main focus of the facility's leading-edge technology and infrastructure. Redundancy on cabling systems has been implemented so the facility can respond to emergency situations in the event of a major utility outage. The facility includes a small data centre and state-of-the-art call centre. A Category 6 and 10 gigabit Ethernet cabling infrastructure ensures the facility's cable plant can support technology today and into the future.