Cornelius-Lemly Fire Station No.1

Unanimously selected by the Town of Cornelius to design a new replacement facility, RDM Architecture provided initial programming activities developing a 22,000 SF program with the fire department while assessing the Town’s $2.5M budget. Consequently, the scope and budget were woefully disconnected. RDM worked both sides to bridge the gap, reducing the program to new construction of 16,000 SF and renovation of the existing 5,000 SF fire station while achieving a $500,000 budget increase. In the end, the Town board’s and the fire department’s needs were met with a beautiful new facility to serve the current community and its future growth.

  • -Negotiated successful reduction in departments program and increase in Town’s project budget
  • Design incorporated existing fire station building into new construction aesthetics to achieve contextual compatibility and project savings of an estimated $600,000, and keeping it from the landfill!
  • Design aesthetic meant to blend into surrounding residential neighborhood with brick, stone and residential like detailing
  • Design with automated bi-fold garage bay doors and truck exhaust system  
  • Repurposed existing fire station truck bays to multi-purpose Training Room, Day Room and Kitchen.
  • Used truck bays to physically separate sleeping and quiet areas from daily used louder spaces
  • Dual front pull out and rear entry double stacked truck bays allowing up to 8 vehicles stored
  • Both rear and front drives allow for full outdoor parking of any fire vehicle
  • Building designed and oriented to minimize drive way slopes at front and rear street elevations