Belle Chasse Central Fire Station | Louisiana
KAS designed this New Orleans–area fire station to survive a catastrophic weather event while remaining fully operational and ready to serve the community.
This is the first of four fire stations Kirkpatrick Architecture Studio designed for the Plaquemines Parish Fire Department. The new Central Station’s 20,000 square feet includes three drive-through bays, an exercise room, administration offices, meeting rooms, training rooms, and geothermal heat pumps. KAS designed this station with the capacity to sleep up to 12 personnel plus the chief. It has a poured-in-place, flat concrete roof to protect all HVAC equipment housed beneath it—a critical design feature, as Belle Chasse is part of the Greater New Orleans metropolitan area prone to flooding and fierce storms. The emergency generator is housed behind barriers on the second floor. KAS took this facility to the next level and designed the station in accordance with the Miami-Dade County Building Code, giving it the ability to withstand hurricane force winds, protecting the people inside and enabling them to continue to serve their community no matter what nature throws at them.