Port Colborne, Ontario
Completed in 2004, this 17,400 square foot facility serves the dual purpose of the main fire station as well as serving as the headquarters for any emergency in the Port Colborne area. The facility was constructed on a 7 acre site on "The Island" in the centre of Port Colborne at the junction of the Welland Canal and Weir Channel. The building was also designed with a small museum component off the main entrance to display antique equipment and photos. Sixteen foot high windows in this area allow the displays to be lit up at night and viewed by passing motorists. A training centre for staff and other municipal employees as well as full change rooms are included. The apparatus area is comprised of four double deep drive-through bays. Due to its location next to Welland Canal the exterior is designed with a nautical theme. The exterior material palette includes a combination of architectural block and metal siding combined with a sloped metal roof system.