Seismic retrofits are challenging projects in unoccupied buildings. Unfortunately, not all communities have the infrastructure in place to allow stations to be vacated during construction. Gaston Fire District received an SRG for Station 11 and this was exactly the case; the fire station needed to be seismically retrofit and there was nowhere else for the fire fighters and apparatus to go to maintain operations. Phasing of construction became a key item in the development of the design and the execution of the construction.
ZCS worked with the contractor during design to develop a phasing scheme that worked for both the design and construction operations. As a result, construction efforts were concentrated in half of the apparatus bays and a portion of the station and the fire crews continued their work unimpeded. Phase 2 flipped fire operations to the Phase 1 construction areas and the District was able to maintain their ability to respond to calls throughout construction.
Gaston Rural Fire District
Public Safety Facility
Architecture, Soderstrom Architects; CM/GC, Kirby Nagelhout Construction Company