Client: Comox Valley Regional District
Location: Hornby Island, BC
Hornby Island needed a new fire hall with a drive-through layout improve call-response time and meet post-disaster requirements. Conceptually, the building was split into a high-performance well-insulated volume for the regularly inhabited spaces - the offices, training room, equipment and gear rooms, while the truck bays are simple and utilitarian. Thermally separating the bays with their drafty garage doors from the inhabited spaces allows for reduced energy consumption and improved user comfort. The high-performance portion of the building incorporates Passive House design principles including high performance glazing systems and prefabricated insulated wall and roof panels.
The design team worked closely with the firefighters to arrive at a design that met their functional needs for a highly efficient turn out flow in emergency response situations. Throughout the design process, Open House Workshops were held frequently to communicate design updates to the residents of Hornby Island, which resulted in high voter turnouts in favour of the proposed design solution.
Project Team: Simcic and Uhrich Architects with Local Practice (Architecture & Sustainability), Integral Group (Mechanical & Energy Modeling), Dan Sundvik (Structural), Opal Engineering (Electrical)
Project Completion: 2016